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Bobby Ryan thinks he can thrive as a center

Feb 2, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on March 31, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-0.
(March 30, 2012 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Anaheim Ducks have tried to convert winger Bobby Ryan before, and it appears that could be the case once again. The good news is that the budding power forward told the OC Register’s Eric Stephens that he’s on board with the idea, even if it’s not just a temporary change.

“It’s something I think I can thrive in and if it’s something we want to do long term, I’m open for it,” Ryan said.

The Ducks boast some nice high-end talent, but the team’s budget doesn’t allow for exceptional depth. Molding the 25-year-old forward into a useful second-line center could be a serious boon for Anaheim’s playoff hopes.

It also might help him avoid being traded.

He’s been the target of trade rumors before, and with stalwarts Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf in the last season of their current deals, it’s likely his name will sprout up again.

So far, he’s putting up the solid numbers that might help him stay put. He has two goals and five points in six games, echoing the promising work he did in 2009-10 (64 points) and 10-11 (71) more than last season’s somewhat disappointing 57.

Maybe that position change – and thus, Ryan – will stick this time around.

  1. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 2, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    30% faceoff percentage says otherwise Bobby

  2. unklepaulhargus - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    How bout just trading him to Philly for Sean Couturier.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      Couturier and four first rounders might do it, otherwise you’re just plain drunk.

    • valoisvipers - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      You would like that wouldn’t you but it’s not going to happen.

  3. vanindeed - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Why is this guy always on the brink of being traded?

    • 19to77 - Feb 3, 2013 at 12:46 AM

      A) Because Getzlaf and Perry are better, B) because Selanne still hasn’t retired yet and he’s usually ALSO better, and C) because the Ducks are poor and can barely afford to keep all their nice things.

      • vanindeed - Feb 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        better see if Perry and Getzlaf leave after this year before shipping him out.

  4. raleik - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Trade him to the Bruins for Krejci. We can move Seguin to Center where he belongs, and toss Ryan on the Wing. Have Bergeron center Horton and Lucic, Seguin center Marchand and Ryan.

    • 19to77 - Feb 3, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      That’s… not bad, actually. Maybe a little more than Krejci, though. One for one seems a tad unbalanced. Regardless, Anaheim’s going to need a replacement for Koivu pretty soon. And Ryan’s skill and net-drive ability would absolutely shine in Boston.

  5. unklepaulhargus - Feb 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Bobby Ryan is from Cherry Hill NJ, just over bridge from Philly. His father is close friends with Bob Clarke. If he is traded, Philly will be highest bidder. Coots is a 19yr old shutdown center. Flyers will have to add a little bit more. If Simmons is going to miss a few weeks, and Hartnell already out they have to make a move. Their 2 best power forwards out. A Bobby Ryan trade makes sense.

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