If Bobby Ryan leaves Anaheim, it won't be because of his playing ability or production.
The Ducks forward has been the subject of trade talks and rumors since early December, largely due to Anaheim's abysmal first half performance. The consensus was essentially that if the firing of Randy Carlyle and subsequent hiring of Bruce Boudreau wasn't enough to improve the team, Ryan would be sure to go.
Anaheim's success during the month of January has shut down the Ryan rumor mill as of now, which without a doubt comes as a huge relief to Ducks hockey fans who didn't want to see their star forward moved.
This article will offer further relief as I believe that it is almost entirely conjecture to continue to say that Ryan could be traded before this year's trade deadline.The mentality was that the Ducks just had to do something in the way of a personnel shakeup, or essentially make a "panic trade."
The possible trade of a big name player is fun to talk and write about (I've done so myself). However sensible reasoning must precede such a move, and anyone who thought GM Bob Murray would've just traded away Ryan in the name of "shaking things up," isn't even coming close to giving Murray enough credit.
There are several real, tangible reasons that Ryan will be in an Anaheim uniform next season.