Just in case you missed it, the buzz around the hockey world last weekend revolved squarely around Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan (until Bruce Boudreau and Paul Maurice were fired anyway). When word hit the internet that Ryan was on the trading block, everyone and their grandmother came up with a package their favorite NHL club could offer Anaheim for the 24 year old forward’s services. I didn’t give much thought to the Canucks going after him until I heard the TSN panel state that Vancouver might be one of the major teams in the running for the talented American’s services. The firing of Randy Carlyle and hiring of Bruce Boudreau seems to have kaiboshed any trade talk for now, but GM Bob Murray did state that for the right price, anyone is expendable. So let’s speculate, shall we?
For those unfamiliar with Bobby Ryan, here’s a quick rundown: In four seasons with the Ducks, Ryan has so far amassed 214 points (112G/102A) in 274 games. He’s a strong young power forward who has explosive offensive talent and tons of potential. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the goal he scored during last year’s playoffs and tell me this kid hasn’t got mad talent. watch?v=oYTjm5yxzi8
Just stop for a moment and think about just what this kid could do with the Sedin twins feeding him pucks. Don’t worry, i’ll give you a few second to pick the pieces of your blown mind off the ground. Seems worth going after, right? At his age, one has to think that Ryan can only get better with time, especially if he’s given consistent first line ice-time.
Which brings us to the big question: if the Canucks do make a play for Ryan, what will they have to give up to get him? Word is that Murray was asking a king’s ransom when he was shopping Ryan, more than most teams were willing to pay. Considering that he’s a legitimate first line winger on any team, you can’t blame Murray for wanting to get a big return. Cory Schneider seems like easy bait for Gillis to dangle, but that hinges on Anaheim’s faith in Jonas Hiller, who has been a bit shaky after missing most of last year. Given the number of forwards in the Canucks’ stable right now, you have to think one or more of them would be thrown into any deal Gillis makes. Cody Hodgson would be an attractive asset for the struggling Ducks; like Michael Grabner, an increased role in a weaker forward group might just be what Hodgson needs to reach his potential.
Chances are the Ducks will hang on to Ryan for the foreseeable future. Having sacrificed Carlyle to get a rise out of his players, Murray is likely to give his team time to turn the ship around. Should the Ducks continue to struggle, however, don’t be shocked if you see Ryan packing his bags, and the Canucks would be crazy not to try and take him off their hands.
So what do you think? Should the Canucks pursue Bobby Ryan and what should they give up to get him?