Recent reports suggest Anaheim Ducks' winger Bobby Ryan has demanded a trade due to lack of front office commitment over the past 12 months.
According to USA Today, Ryan blasted management in an interview with the Courier-Post on June 22.
"Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately."
Ryan added, according to the interview, that front office personnel only mentioned one team—Philadelphia—out of four potential destinations.
Although the Cherry Hill, N.J., native stated his top choice would be the Flyers, a handful of other teams would make a great fit for the 25 year old.
After last season's first round playoff exit, the Sharks reportedly looking to make a move for a big name player.
The 25-year-old Ryan is younger, cheaper and has scored more goals in each of the past three seasons than Nash."
Moreover, San Jose's roster is comprised of 11 players aged 30 and above—six of which are forwards. Adding a young stick to a veteran lineup could pay large dividends.
General Manager Scott Howson is carefully weighing options in regards to dealing Nash, his franchise forward.
However, for the reasons listed above, Howson should look no further than Anaheim.
Ryan carries a smaller contract and boasts identical numbers. His 31 goals and 26 assists mirror Nash's 30 and 29. Certainly the trade wouldn't be straight up, but the minor details can be neglected in this case for argument's sake.
Columbus patched up its defensive woes this weekend by drafting blue liner Ryan Murray and trading for net-minder Sergei Bobrovsky, so the thought of off-loading Nash—and receiving a similar, younger player in return—isn't out of the question.
The addition of Ryan in New York makes sense simply because his stick would give aid to a struggling offense.
The Rangers showed its lack of scoring power in the playoffs, netting an average of 2.15 times per game.
New York might want to avoid a trade in order to keep its young talent, but if Zach Parise stays in New Jersey, Ryan—who has scored 30 or more goals in each of the past four seasons—would be a strong fit.
Ryan publicly his admiration for the Flyers organization and conceded the thought of playing close to home can't be ignored.
In his interview with the Courier-Post, Ryan said:
"Everybody wants to play in your hometown, but it would be tough because a lot of expectations come when you're put into a situation like that. For me, if I'm moved, Philadelphia would be a very ideal and comfortable place for me."
Once again, in neglect of trade detail discrepancies, Ryan and Flyers star Claude Giroux on the same line would have any hockey fan watering at the mouth.
Whether Bobby Ryan's future lies on the east coast, west coast, or in the midwest, his time in Anaheim looks to be dwindling. As the NHL offseason continues to develop, don't be surprised if Ryan is dealt to one of the following in the coming weeks.
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