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Could One of the Most Rumoured Players coming to the Leafs Actually Arrive?
Trying to play yourself out of Sidney Crosby's shadow isn't an easy thing to do. Selected second overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Bobby Ryan has carved a space for himself apart from "The Kid."
Being selected just after Sidney Crosby, knowing that your team didn't want you, could have put a damper on anyone's career. But not Bobby Ryan. Coming off back to back 30+ goal seasons, Ryan has proven that while he isn't at Crosby's level, he can sure hold his own when it comes to scoring and having his presence felt.
Ryan has all the necessary attributes to be the top power forward in the NHL. He has the size, speed, and scoring ability to be No. 1 and the potential to do so. Ryan believes in himself enough to forgo the stability of a long-term $5 million a year deal, for a shorter term.
For the Anaheim Ducks this represents a problem as they currently have two players clearly locked in at sub-market value who may not take kindly to Ryan getting special treatment. Allowing Ryan to go the opposite way of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry may prove to be a locker room disaster.
Enter the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ryan's alleged destination the entire offseason.
Ryan represents exactly the type of player for whom the Leafs are looking. Strong, skilled, and fast, Ryan would be one of the faces of the franchise and adored by millions.
Like Dallas, Anaheim lacks on the blueline, albeit to a lesser extent. A combination of picks, prospects, and current roster players would be needed to land Ryan. Burke would also have to be content either with a shorter term or larger payout than currently offered by the Anaheim Ducks.
If the Leafs could acquire Ryan, would they sign him to a multi-year deal around the $6 million a year mark for which Ryan would most likely be searching?
That answer rests with Burke and Burke alone.