Teams that are looking to add players can sometimes make foolish decisions, but a trade for Bobby Ryan would be a stroke of genius by the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings need a punch of goal scoring, and Ryan would bring that, along with some size and grit.
The Detroit Red Wings have fallen short in the playoffs for the past three seasons. The San Jose Sharks eliminated the Red Wings in Round 2 in 2010 and 2011. The Nashville Predators ousted the the Red Wings in the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs.
The primary reason for their playoff failures is their lack of goal scoring. Teams tighten up their defense in the playoffs. When the Red Wings top line gets shut down, they can go long stretches without scoring a goal. This is not a recipe for playoff success.
Bobby Ryan is a dominant right winger at 6’2 and 209 pounds. As a 25-year-old, he has not reached the prime of his career, but he has shown exceptional ability to put the puck in the net.
In the 2008 season, he scored 31 goals in 64 games. In 2010, he scored 35 goals in 81 games played. Ryan tallied 35 goals in 2010, and 31 goals in 2011. He played a full 82 games in 2010 and 2011.
Ryan has been remarkably consistent, and the Red Wings are desperate for consistent goal scoring. Ryan would be a first line player, and he would likely play with center Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk is one of the games better players, and he would certainly give Ryan a lot of opportunities to score goals.
Ryan is one if the best young power forwards in the game. As a 25-year-old, he is the kind of player that a team could extend for a long time. According to capgeek.com, Ryan is signed through the 2014-15 season at an annual cap hit of $5.1 million. As crazy as it sounds, this is a cheap price for a player like Ryan.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has reported that there are several teams in the mix to acquire Ryan’s services. He has reported that the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators are amongst a group of teams that will make a pitch for Ryan.
It sounds as if the situation has frustrated Ryan, and he appears to be done in Anaheim. Randy Miller of courierpostonline.com reported Ryan’s comments.
“I take things personally,” Ryan said. “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. Obviously, it's not the ideal situation. When you get drafted, you want to win championships with that team and every time they look to add a piece to the puzzle, I'm the piece going the other way.
“I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don't care. Move me...because it's just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you're going to be the guy moved.”
Ryan is a remarkable player, and a player that can be counted on to score many goals while providing a lot of size up front. The Red Wings are clearly lacking in this area of the game, and he is the perfect player to add to their group of skill players.
Ryan is willing to pay a price to make plays. He plays a tremendously physical brand of hockey and would make life tough on a team trying to defend him. The Red Wings do not have a player like this on their roster, as it has a lot of players who like to play on the perimeter.
The acquisition of Ryan would give the Red Wings a perfect blend of skill on the perimeter, and size and goal scoring down low. Ryan would also be a power-play monster playing with Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. He is exactly the player that the Red Wings need.
According to capgeek.com, the Red Wings have 15 forwards signed for the 2012-13 season. This does not include Justin Abdelkader, a player that the Red Wings are expected to sign. This makes 16 signed forwards, and it looks like the Red Wings have a few players that they can move to make this deal happen.
According to capgeek.com, the Red Wings currently have a little over $13 million in cap room. The Red Wings need to spend a little money. The best way to do it is to trade for Ryan. He is exactly what they need, and the situation is perfect for the Red Wings to go and get him.