Six teams that need Ryan

Toronto Maple Leafs – Brian Burke drafted Ryan second overall in 2005 and has a good relationship with him and his management.

Ryan played for Leafs coach Ron Wilson as part of Team USA during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Phil Kessel was one of Ryan’s linemates during that tournament. Plus, Ryan played junior hockey in Owen Sound, so he is familiar with Ontario.

Burke is never shy to make a deal and cap space isn’t a major issue for the Leafs right now.

Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean said that it would take a steep offer for a team to add Ryan’s services.

“I think this guy has got superstar written all over him,” said MacLean. “Bobby Ryan’s are unbelievably hard to find … I would make a coaching change before trading Bobby Ryan … No matter what deal is made, Bobby Ryan will be the best player in the deal.”

MacLean suggested that it would take a deal like Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri and a first-round pick for the Leafs to land Ryan.

New York Rangers
– Whenever a big name is on the trading block, the Rangers’ ears are wide open. Although they have seemingly turned their season around (8-2 in their last 10 games) they rank 26th in goals for.

Players like Wojtek Wolski, Ruslan Fedotenko and Michael Del Zotto are expendable.

Throw a first-round pick into the mix and the prospect of Ryan playing alongside Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik is an exciting one.

Calgary Flames
– The Flames are always looking for high-scoring forwards to compliment their captain, Jarome Iginla.

The Flames have only mustered 50 goals in 22 games this season and are in desperate need of offence. Centres Matt Stajan, Olli Jokinen and Mikael Backlund would welcome the opportunity to become a set-up man for Ryan.

The Ducks are thin on the back end, so it could mean moving a Jay Bouwmeester or Mark Giordano, but Calgary needs to shake things up.

Philadelphia Flyers
– Even though they lead the league in goals for, the Flyers feel like they are contenders and adding a player with Ryan’s skill set could put them over the top.

The Flyers have solid depth on defense, but have no cap space. They would need to unload some salary to make room for Ryan and his $5.1 million cap hit.

New Jersey Devils
– Ryan is from Cherry Hill, N.J., and players often have a soft spot for their hometown teams. The Devils need to sort out what to do with Zach Parise before they make a play for Ryan.

Parise is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. If the Devils can’t resign Parise, they will look to move him before the trade deadline. A Ryan-for-Parise trade would certainly be the blockbuster deal of the year.

Florida Panthers – The Panthers are one of the pleasant surprises thus far this season. They currently lead the Southeast division, but are a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of goals for. With over $13 million in cap space, the Panthers would have no issues adding some firepower to their lineup.

63 Responses to Six teams that need Ryan

  1. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I love Kulimen but I am so down to trade him in a package for Ryan.  All  this crap about Ryan leaching off of Getzlaf and Perry is BS, he has played some of his best hockey when he carries the puck himself.  I actually believe Burke will pull this off and bring him in.

    Non leaf based but..

    To ANA: Semin, 1st(Col)

    To WSH: Ryan + salary dump

    Semin would IMO rock the LW as a true sniper on a line with Getzlaf and Perry plus Colorado's first should be a lottery pick in a highly skilled draft. 

    Ovy – Backstrom – Ryan   Would be a huge line, Sniper, playmaker and powerforward all being allstars. 

    Which is better?

    Semin – Getzlaf – Perry           VS             Ovechkin – Backstrom – Ryan

  2. glotz_99 says:

    I agree, I wouldn't trade Kulemin, but what if you subsitituted Frason for Schenn, something like Franson, Kadri and a 1st. It seems like alot to give up but you gotta think about what we gave up for Kessel another perrenial 30 goal scorer and that trade worked out pretty well.

  3. glotz_99 says:

    Randy Carlyle got fired and was replaced by Bruce Boudreau today.

    I could see Burke hiring him at the end of the season, if Wilson cant at least get past the 1st rd of the playoffs or I could see him getting hired on in some managerial role with the Leafs.

  4. GO_LEAFS_GO_Noni says:

    He took out crosby for nearly 11 months. 

  5. reinjosh says:

    I've always thought we needed one. Just thought we had more time to look for one. Reading comprehension, it helps. 

  6. dumbassdoorman says:

    Even for the Avs first the ducks are not trading Ryan there. Semin is UFA at seasons end, don't see it

  7. JoelLeafs says:

    Yeah, the reading this if frustrating. Every "discussion" (I use the termvery loosely with this individual) I get in with 91 ends the same way: Someone says something insightful, or at least cogent, and Mr. Nation comes back with some BS rhetoric, a logical fallacy, or something down-right ignorant. Recently I've been dumb (read: bored) enough to reply with a thorough response, to which LN responds to by rehashing the exact same argument I just thoroughly refuted. If I don't respond, she'll claim victory and ridicule me for no playing into her half-troll game.

    I was thinking boycott, but LN91 is one of the most prolific posters on this site so I feel compelled to engage in a dialogue. I miss Kramer…
    Furthermore, "It's a two-way street…Getzlaf and Perry leached off Ryan as well so that argument is off." is one of the funniest things I've read in a while. Is there and emoticon for Face-Palm?
    Well, LN91, I await your shining response.
  8. JoelLeafs says:

    He was half of what took Crosby out. It is a bit steep, especially for an RFA, but I'm not going to question Mr. Y on it…

  9. Steven_Leafs says:

    a good deal if Anaheim re-signs Semin, no way they make this trade if there is a chance that they wont. Semin would have to be extended first.

  10. mojo19 says:

    Joel, you hit the nail on the head.

    The sad part is that LN91 actually does seem to know a little about hockey, but he loses all his credibility with certain comments, such as that last one to Josh. Then he wonders why everyone is crazy except for him…. hmmmm.

  11. mojo19 says:

    I prefer the current state of the Leafs where we may be guilty of over valuing our players compared to ten years ago when we undervalued everyone.

    I'm reminded of Steve Sullivan who scored 5 goals in his first half season with the Leafs. Then scored 10 his next year (28 pts) and had 20 goals and 20 assists the following year, then the next season 7 games in with 0 goals and 1 assist he was placed on waivers in order to facilitate roster space for "Star player" Dimitri Khristich. Oops. Sully scored over 60 points in the next 7 consecutive seasons. But no one complained for even a second when he was let go. I'm glad Leaf fans actually have a little foresight now (at least some of us do.)

    LeafNation, tell me, were you one of the guys complaining about Luke Schenn, over analyzing a sluggish start to the season? He's playing a lot better now. Granted that Lucic goal last night was soft, and he still has some work to do, but for a 22 year old d-man he's playing well. Up until that point he was our best defenseman last night hands down.

    Don't freak out after 5, 10, 20 games. Hell, even Jarome Iginla has only 7 goals and 5 assists in 23 games this year and a -7, I guess he should retire?

  12. JoelLeafs says:

    ha ha, true. Well, assuming the 91 is his birth year he should start maturing soon enough. I still have hope for the future!

  13. thisgamewelose says:

    Franson's trade value isn't close to schenn's. There's no way that deal gets done.

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