NHL 2012 Free Agency: Who Is the Better Fit for the Red Wings, Ryan or Nash?

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NHL 2012 Free Agency: Who Is the Better Fit for the Red Wings, Ryan or Nash?
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The sting from Ryan Suter's and Zach Parise's rejection of the Detroit Red Wings is still hurting fans.  The team though is already looking ahead to their next options.

While a defender is the most needed position right now, much focus has been on the trade market with Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash being the premiere names that are on the Red Wings' wish list.

Which would be the better option?  Both are high scoring, two-way players who are in the prime of their careers.  They would each be tremendous addition to the team.

To many people, Nash is the first choice—however Ryan would actually be the better option for the Red Wings.

Nash is a great player.  He already has 289 goals in his nine year career, an average of 32.1 a season.  He has twice topped the 40 goal mark.  He has yet to top 100 points, but has played for a poor Columbus franchise that has not been able to put people around Nash who can help him. 

His stats are impressive considering he is close to being a one man team.  One can’t help but wonder how much better he could be once surrounded by the talented Red Wings team.

In Bobby Ryan, we see many similarities to Nash.  In his four full seasons, Ryan has average 32.7 goals a season.  He is consistent with a low of 31 and a high of 35.  While he has played around players such as Corey Perry and Teemu Selanne, his team also had trouble scoring goals.  Nash’s Blue Jackets ranked 26th while Ryan’s Ducks were only 23rd in goals scored last season.  Placing either of

Being on the Red Wings' seventh ranked offense should boost their personal numbers as well as the teams.

With all that said, here are the three reasons why Bobby Ryan would be the better choice for the Red Wings.

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