Sens and Ducks talking to the Ducks about Ryan

The Senators aren’t alone in their pursuit, but they may be one of the few teams with the assets to make a deal happen. The talk is the Ducks would like to get a defencemen in return if they are going to move Ryan.

“He’s the guy everybody wants,” said a league executive Thursday.

Sources say the Ducks’ asking price is high. They’ll want a No. 1 pick, a defenceman or a top-end prospect in return for Ryan. The Philadelphia Flyers and San Jose Sharks are among those teams that have also had talks with Anaheim.

The Senators certainly have the prospects. Murray, assistant GM Tim Murray, director of player personnel Pierre Dorion, director of player development Randy Lee and the scouting staff have done a good job re-stocking the shelves.

Last year, the Senators were in on the Rick Nash sweepstakes with the Columbus Blue Jackets right up until it ended by offering up a package that included centre Mika Zibanejad and goalie Robin Lehner.

It died when Nash refused to waive his “no move” clause to come to Ottawa and chose a deal to the New York Rangers instead. The talk is the Ducks want defenceman Braydon Coburn and a No. 1 pick from Philly in exchange for Ryan.

There will be players other than Ryan that become available, but he’s the most attractive option. The Oilers have made it clear they’re willing to deal winger Ales Hemsky and the Senators have shown interest there in the past.