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35 GP, 11 G, 7A, 18 PTS, minus-eight plus/minus
Like Carolina and Columbus, Anaheim is having an absolutely awful season. Nobody on the Ducks have played up to expectations (with the exception of the ageless wonder that is Teemu Selanne). They have already made a coaching change, firing Randy Carlyle and hiring former Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau. However, the team still sits near the bottom of the Western Conference standings with next to no hope of a playoff berth this season.
Bobby Ryan is the youngest player on this list at only 24 years of age. You may ask why Anaheim would trade away a young 30-goal scorer, but the answer is easy. Anaheim desperately lacks scoring depth as well as depth on defense. The team’s three most valuable assets are Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Ryan. Two of these three players helped lead the Ducks to the team’s first ever Stanley Cup back in 2007. One of them did not.
The return for a player like Bobby Ryan would be astronomical. Seeing as Leafs GM Brian Burke drafted him second overall (behind only Sidney Crosby) in 2005 when he was general manager of the-then Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and also selected him for team USA at the 2010 Olympics, we know Ryan is a player Burke would love to have on his hockey team.
Ryan has a much lower cap hit than Eric Staal or Rick Nash at $5.1 million, with four years remaining on a five-year, $25.5 million contract. Because of this, Toronto would have much more competition from other teams in trying to acquire Ryan than they would in trying to acquire Eric Staal or Rick Nash.
A package of Luke Schenn, Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin for Ryan and a pick or prospect would likely be what it takes to get a deal done. Kulemin could replace Ryan on Anaheim’s top line with Getzlaf and Perry, while Grabovski could really help their scoring depth.
Schenn would provide the Ducks with another great young defenseman to add to their core of young defensemen, which already includes Luca Sbisa and Cam Fowler. No Leafs fan wants to see Luke Schenn get traded, but the inclusion of him in any package for Ryan would likely be what it takes to get a deal done.