NHL Trade Rumors: Could the New York Rangers Acquire Bobby Ryan?

Nick ViscontiContributor INovember 30, 2011

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 2:   Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks shoots and scores on a penalty shot in overtime to win the game against the Detroit Red Wings on March 2, 2011 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.   The Ducks won 2-1 in overtime.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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When someone thinks of the name Bobby Ryan, one would think of a 24-year-old, perennial 30-goal scorer.  However this year, Ryan has seemingly underperformed. 

Perhaps a simple change of scenery could help Ryan find his groove and get back to where he has been. 

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported today that Bobby Ryan "wouldnt be surprised" if the Anaheim Ducks decide to trade him.  Brooks also said that there are a few players that the New York Rangers and GM Glen Sather consider untouchable.  Those players are Ryan Callahan, Marc Staal, Michael Sauer, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan. 

Any other player on the Rangers' roster is apparently fair game, and it is filled with potential suitors for a trade with Anaheim—guys like Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Brian Boyle, Michael Del Zotto and Anton Stralman, who was recently signed from New Jersey.  

Now don't go thinking New York will part ways with guys like Marian Gaborik or Brad Richards just to acquire Ryan. So, if the deal does go through, expect to see an NHL-ready talent or two, plus a young prospect. 

The Rangers' farm system is filled with talent, and many of them would be guys that could wind up putting a massive amount of points up in the NHL in the future.  This includes players such as Mats Zuccarello, Christian Thomas, Chris Kreider, and Ryan Bourque. 

All four of these skaters have NHL potential ready to help the team that calls upon them to play.  If the deal happens, expect the Rangers to give up a heck of a lot of talent, but gain a 30-goal-scoring left-winger to pair with Gaborik for a truly dynamic offensive attack that could propel the Rangers to a member of the NHL's elite.