Well there it is. Stop the presses. Bobby Ryan does not want to go anywhere. He wants to be a Duck.
"I’m not asking for a trade. I want to be here in Anaheim. This is where I want to be."
"I don’t want people to think I’m holding out or I’m going to hold out,” he said. ”That’s not the case. We’re just trying to find something that works for both sides right now," said Ryan to the Orange County Register.
Bobby Ryan has been part of the biggest trade rumors this summer. Earlier in June, Ryan went to the media about his concerns on not getting a deal done. In response, Ducks GM Bob Murray went to the media voicing his displeasure dealing with Ryan, who turned down a $25M offer. Many had speculated that he would hold out and that he would either be given an offer sheet or traded.
Duck fans have little to worry about anymore. The kid wants to play in Anaheim and is open to negotiations with Ducks' management.
However, Ryan does say that, "if it comes to a situation where there's heads butting," a trade would be best. The only problem that is keeping Ryan from signing a contract with the Ducks is the length.
The Ducks have given him offers of five years ($25 million) and four years ($18.6 million). However, the high scoring winger is hesitant to sign a contract that lasts for more than three years.
Ryan wants to remain a Duck. He wants what's best for both parties. He plays for the crest on his chest and not the name on his back.
"It is what it is. I understand that this is a process. Both sides are trying to do what’s right for them," Ryan said.