NHL Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Should Pursue the Ducks' Bobby Ryan
If Anaheim does indeed decide to trade Bobby Ryan, there are a whole host of teams that will be lining up at the door for his services.
Some clubs need him more than others, as he's been a guaranteed 30 goals over the last three years and is capable of taking a team from the dregs of mediocrity to instant playoff contention.
With free agency settling down and trade winds becoming every team's next hope for significantly changing their outlook on next season, acquiring Ryan becomes an important goal for several teams.
Here are five teams that—regardless of Anaheim's willingness to deal their star winger—need to pursue Ryan full force and make the Ducks an offer they can't refuse.
The Coyotes have already signed David Moss and Steve Sullivan, but they'll still need some help on what was the 29th ranked power play in the league last season.
If Shane Doan doesn't re-sign with Phoenix, the urgency to bring in more offensive fire power will increase even further.
Phoenix is somewhat limited as to what they can send to Anaheim in exchange for Ryan. However, it doesn't mean they won't, or shouldn't try.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Heck, even if Nash stays, this is a team that desperately needs help on offense. Only the Kings and Wild scored less goals than the Jackets last season (though the Kings did so with much better defense and goaltending in place).
Perhaps a Nash-for-Ryan swap could be in the making? If it's not, Columbus will need to search long and hard for acceptable compensation to send Anaheim's way if they expect to have Ryan on their roster this fall.
With the signing of P.A. Parenteau, the Avalanche have a lot of pieces in place and are starting to look more competitive in the West.
The acquisition of Ryan could be the icing on the cake. If Colorado wants to go for broke, they need to try and bring in Ryan to play on their top line.
Last year they struggled to score. While the addition of Parenteau will improve that, they're going to need something more up front.
The Oilers are young, but goodness they're awful.
A proven player like Ryan would really help to encourage Edmonton's restless fan base and bring some immediate improvement to the team (rather than waiting on a hopeful high draft pick).
In addition to their need for substance, the Oilers—unlike the other teams mentioned—have a lot they could offer in return.
Edmonton needs to win soon, and Ryan is a "sooner then later" kind of solution.
The Jets are an average team on the rise in a hockey city. If they want to put the pedal to the floor, they should pursue Ryan this year.
The signing of Olli Jokinen will help, but acquiring Ryan would put the Jets right in the middle of the playoff mix—especially in a weaker Eastern Conference.
Similar to Edmonton's situation, the Jets have pieces to move and can offer Anaheim more in return than the other teams mentioned.