The New York Rangers have depth and could be considered front-runners in the Bobby Ryan sweepstakes, but the Anaheim Ducks just made things interesting by bringing in Bruce Boudreau. This could also complicate things for the Rangers.
Boudreau is accustomed to the talents of Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Green and Niklas Backstrom. Unlike Dale Hunter, the coach who replaced him in Washington, Boudreau is more offensive minded. Boudreau could convince Anaheim’s front office of Ryan’s talents and keep him a Duck.
It is obvious that Bobby Ryan could help surge the Rangers past the Penguins and favor them to win the Atlantic. Bobby Ryan was the second overall pick in the 2005 draft, which proves he will be costly. With that said, players plus a first-round draft pick appear to be the price tag at this point.
Ryan is very capable of scoring 30-plus goals and tallying 60-plus points. Ryan would give the Rangers’ power play a huge boost, most likely paring on the second power-play line. He has been a tough player and will block shots, which plays into the Rangers' system. Overall, he would improve this Rangers team as long as they do not give up too much veteran experience for him.
The Rangers have made it apparent that certain players are untouchable. Ryan Callahan, Marc Staal, Michael Sauer, Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Derek Stepan have been publicly announced that they would not be considered in a trade. It could be assumed that Brad Richards, Marian Gaborik and Henrik Lundqvist sail on the same ship. But the Rangers have many other viable options to deal for Bobby Ryan.
Good Players to Deal
First-Round Draft Pick
Draft picks are always valuable. They become even more valuable to a team during its rebuilding years. The Rangers' farm system is full of talent eager for the chance to play in the NHL, so the Rangers could afford to lose a first-rounder. On top of the depth of the farm club, the Rangers’ team is surging, only dropping the value of their first-round pick.
At this point of the season, Dubinsky has under preformed with only one goal. The Rangers could part ways with Dubinsky. Losing him but gaining Ryan would be an offensive upgrade for the Rangers. Defensively, it breaks down pretty evenly, with the slight edge going to Brandon Dubinsky.
Christensen has been up and down with the Rangers for the past two seasons. More of a shootout specialist, the Rangers has found better options for their roster. Unfortunately for Christensen, this makes him expendable. Christensen has already spent time with Anaheim.
Wolski is out with an injury, and he hasn't been playing up to his potential. It is almost apparent the Rangers would love to off-load his salary for someone a little more productive. Wolski's trade value has dropped due to his performance and injury. He is a big body that has had some success in the West.
Mats Zuccarello Aasen
Mats has a small NHL resume but also has a small contract. He is a young guy who is continually trying to break into the league as a full time NHL player. Although Zuccarello for Ryan straight up would never happen, he very much could be the extra perk it takes to get the deal done.
Players the Rangers shouldn't deal
Michael Del Zotto
Marc Staal is still missing time and subtracting from the blue line could prove to be more damaging than rewarding. Even though Del Zotto could be great trade bait, due to his age, salary and offensive mind, his game management at this time is too valuable to lose during Staal’s absences.
Carl Hagelin has registered four points in four games. His style of play reminds me of a young Ryan Callahan. He has shown the ability to put points on the board, block shots, as well as throw his body around.
Hagelin has clearly bought into the Rangers' tough, grind-it-out style. The Rangers’ farm club has talent that the Rangers could take advantage of to keep Hagelin.
I have preached Avery's value for years to anyone who would listen. He is a pest that could put points on the board. This translates into a solid third or fourth liner in the playoffs, even though he has seen time on the first line.
That is a major ingredient in the Stanley Cup contender recipe. With his recent humbling experience of no other team in the NHL wanting his services, he has been on top of his game.
Biron’s effect on the Rangers’ organization was apparent immediately. That signing gave the Rangers one of the best goaltending duos in the NHL. Biron was a starting goaltender for some time before coming to the Rangers, and he was signed cheaply.
His greatest importance to the organization is he keeps Lundqvist fresh and gives the Rangers the opportunity to win without having to change their style of play.
Anisimov is interchangeable among the Ranger lines and does not come with a large salary cap hit. The Rangers should look to keep him strictly due to his size, speed and offensive talent. Anisimov would be more valuable at the trade deadline while teams are trying to dump salary.
His Impact with the Rangers
Brad Richards has brought the Rangers to the middle of the pack in offense—Ryan could improve them to top 10. All Ranger fans know Glen Sather would sell his children for big-name players, so the real question is, is Bobby Ryan worth it? Personally, I believe so depending on the price.
Bobby Ryan can throw the body. He has phenomenal stick handling skill along with a quick release. He has shown he could play the Rangers' system, playing more like Gaborik.