In an interview with csnwashington.com, Bruce Boudreau spoke pretty plainly about how he would use Bobby Ryan this season, adding further to the growing sentiment that the Ducks opportunity to trade Ryan might have come and gone.
It's possible that the desire to trade him was never there to begin with, but rather that they were just casually listening to offers, which certainly happens more typically than we all realize.
Either way, trade talks regarding Ryan have all but completely been silenced, and assuming the NHL season starts on schedule, the attention is beginning to turn to training camp and the preseason.
With Ryan still on a Ducks roster that is largely unchanged from one playoff-less year ago, Boudreau will have some interesting options as he sets out to develop Anaheim's game plan and come up with lines.
We'll take a look at a few of those options, and speculate as to what lines we could see from the Ducks this coming season.