The trade market for Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan has been quiet recently, with both priced much too high for any offer to come close thus far. The Boston Bruins have dropped out of the Rick Nash race and have made it known to Anaheim that David Krejci and Milan Lucic are unavailable, according to ESPN's James Murphy. Though the price on Nash is too high, the Bruins should still go after Bobby Ryan.
Ryan made his desire to be traded clear last month when discussing his future:
"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."
Though Boston is reportedly uninterested, the market for Ryan has drawn attention but little progress, and the Bruins may be waiting for the asking price to go down.From the attitude of Bobby Ryan and the eagerness of the Anaheim Ducks to trade him, there is no way he's staying put.
The Bruins could wait until the Ducks lower the price before they pounce. The 25-year-old winger has put up 136 goals in 334 games for the Ducks and can provide similar production to Nash for a slightly cheaper price.
It is doubtful that David Krejci is untouchable, and he would likely be the centerpiece in the swap for Ryan. Boston has Tyler Seguin waiting in the wings and ready to slide to center with Krejci's departure. The Bruins would likely have to add one more piece to get the deal done:
Should the Bruins trade for Bobby Ryan?
Orange County Register reporter Mark Whicker was on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s “The DA Show” [July 12], and concluded that a Bruins trade offer of center David Krejci and a first round pick “would be the one to beat” and might get the deal done.
The deal would make sense for both team, as Ryan and Krejci have salary cap hits of just over $5 million. Over the last five years, Krejci has posted more points than Ryan but obviously doesn't have the same goal-scoring ability. The first-round pick, likely a late pick, will make up for that difference.
If the trade goes through, the Boston Bruins will be much improved on the offensive end, and even with Tim Thomas gone for the year, they will be contenders in the Eastern Conference.
The Anaheim Ducks, on the other hand, have put Ryan's name on the block one too many times and now they must move him. The offers so far have been inadequate, and as the days pass, the asking price will likely decrease until Ryan finds a potential suitor.