Anytime a team gets off to a horrific start, an influx of rumors involving players, coaches and general managers are quickly brought about.
This is exactly the case for the Anaheim Ducks, who as of December 31st, sit near the basement of the National Hockey League with just 26 points in 36 games. What's concerning for the Ducks, though, is that they have already taken a massive step to improve their team; they gave long-term head coach Randy Carlyle the axe but have yet to see a major improvement in their record since the firing.
For a team that boasts the offensive talents of last year's MVP, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne among others, this poor start is puzzling.
One player who has been the subject of trade rumors all season thus far is right winger Bobby Ryan.
Let's not beat around the bush and try to sugarcoat anything. Dealing Bobby Ryan, even for a considerable number of assets including prospects and draft picks, would be a foolish move on the part of general manager Bob Murray.
Ryan, 24, has scored more than 30 goals in three straight years. He is a big guy at 6'2" and 209 pounds and utilizes his skill to his advantage, making him a power forward—one of the most sought after player types in today's NHL.
Despite the slow start for Ryan this campaign—he's registered just 19 points in 36 games—many doubt this uncharacteristic trend will continue.
Although the return for a player of Bobby Ryan's caliber is potentially very attractive, trading the former Olympian does not make any sense.
Bobby Ryan is the type of player you build your franchise around, not the type that you ship off to another team after a poor start.