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Today’s insane Bobby Ryan trade rumor involves… Ryan Miller


With the talk of Bobby Ryan being apparently shopped around by the Ducks, it only makes sense that we’ll get some wild ideas. Yesterday it was the New York Rangers kicking the tires and today’s hot rumor involves the Buffalo Sabres.

Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News drops a little bit of curious knowledge on us saying that while Ducks GM Bob Murray was in Buffalo the other night scouting the Sabres, Murray has also called the Sabres about a possible Ryan Miller for Bobby Ryan swap. Hey, if you’re going to make a trade, you might as well go big.

While it’s just idle speculation for now, this rumor plays into what the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson mentioned about Miller being OK with being moved. Matheson said that Miller would be all right with going to the west coast because that’s where his wife is trying to also advance her career in southern California.

Of course, Miller’s already shot down the notion that he’d want to be traded, but if there was anything to these rumors, it’d make for a fascinating discussion. After all, Ryan says he wouldn’t be surprised if he’s sent packing. There’s also the fact that Jonas Hiller is already being paid a ton of money to play goal in Anaheim already.

There’s a ton of salary that would be moving around as well and Miller has a bigger contract than Ryan. For the budget-conscience Ducks that’d make for a harder sell. In all likelihood there’s not much going on here other than GMs talking with each other, but the fantasy GM in all of us can’t get enough of the talk.

Bobby Ryan on possibly being traded: “I wouldn’t be surprised”

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There have been plenty of rumors flying around this week about Bobby Ryan, the Anaheim Ducks, and a possible trade to help shake things up for the freefalling team. Bobby Ryan responded to the rumors this evening with Ducks beat writer Eric Stephens. Let’s just put it this way—it sounds like he’s heard the rumors too.

Stephens asked him directly if he’d be shocked if the Ducks were to trade him in the near future. “I wouldn’t be surprised,” Bobby Ryan told the Orange County Register. “That’s all I’ll say about that.”

It sounds like Ryan has something in common with most hockey fans in North America these days. No one would be surprised if the struggling Ducks moved the 2005 second overall pick. The Ducks have only won twice in the last 18 games and desperately need something to shake up the team that started the season with promise. People forget that this team finished the season as the Western Conference’s fourth seed last season and started this season with a strong 4-1-0 record.

Then the bottom fell out of the season.

General Manager Bob Murray was given the vote of confidence by Ducks CEO Michael Schulman on Monday. There are reports that ownership would rather not replace Randy Carlyle because he’s under contract until 2014 (and they’d rather not pay two salaries). Ryan Getzlaf will keep the captaincy. What’s left to help change things up with the struggling team?

The easy answer is a trade.

Stephens also talked to GM Bob Murray about the trade rumors regarding Ryan. Murray was predictably non-committal in his response: “… at any time if we get offered a deal on any player that makes this team better, we would have to take a long, hard look at that.”

Like they said in Dumb and Dumber: So you’re saying there’s a chance…

Ryan goes on to say that he’s not looking to be traded and would rather stay with the Ducks. Anaheim would be wise to listen to Ryan in this case. The winger only has 11 points this season and has been slumping like the rest of the team. But even with the struggles this season, the guy is a walking, talking 30-goal season just waiting to happen. If they were to move Ryan at this point, it would be a perfect example of selling a player at the lowest possible point.

If the Ducks were to make a trade, what potential trade target around the league would make the trade worth while? Unless they can find someone just as good as Ryan, then they’ll lose just about any possible trade. He’s locked up at a reasonable price for four seasons so trading for a potential free agent doesn’t make sense.

The Ducks would be wise to remember the old adage: whoever gets the best player in a trade, wins. If the Ducks trade Bobby Ryan, they will not be getting the best player in the deal. Period.

Apparently Bobby Ryan is being shopped around

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Leave it to Nick Kypreos to keep the pot stirred on the rumor mill. Last night, Sportsnet’s Darren Millard tweeted that Kypreos heard from an NHL executive that Anaheim is shopping Bobby Ryan around to see what they could get in a deal for the former first round pick.

With coach Randy Carlyle still in good graces with management, making a trade of some kind to shake things up with the miserable Ducks (losers of 16 of their last 18) would make sense. For a team that’s lacking in offensive depth, however, trading Ryan on the surface doesn’t appear to make much sense. Looking deeper, however, perhaps there’s good reason.

There’s no secret that aside from offensive depth one of the other problems the Ducks have is on defense. There’s no stud defenseman here that’s capable of playing shutdown defense and while Lubomir Visnovsky is hurt, he’s a point producer and not a stopper. You’d have to think if Ryan is being shopped around that a top flight defenseman would be their target.

How Nashville handles things with both Ryan Suter and Shea Weber all of a sudden seems a lot more interesting.

Will Ryan be traded? Impossible to say, but if Ryan is the guy that’s got Carlyle’s ire and Ducks GM Bob Murray is sticking with the coach, the Ducks should have no shortage of suitors for the 24 year-old star.

Question is, what would Anaheim want in return? A package involving a low-cost, high-potential defenseman and a prospect forward might be a good jumping off point. We’re sure that Leafs GM Brian Burke would love to get him since he’s the guy that drafted him in Anaheim years ago.

Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry carry Ducks over Blues

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In the only game on Sunday’s NHL docket, the Anaheim Ducks used three third period goals to pull away from the St. Louis Blues in Anaheim. The Ducks got off to a strong start to take an early 1-0 on the strength of a Bobby Ryan rebound. Anaheim actually started the game with the first seven shots of the game, but the tables were turned mid-way through the period as the Ducks were held without a shot for almost nine minutes.

Patrik Berlund scored his second goal of the year on a nice deflection from an Alex Pietrangelo point shot in the second period to tie the score at 1-1 going into the 3rd. From there, the Ducks blew the game open with three goals to start the final period en route to a 4-2 victory. Blues-killer Bobby Ryan lived up to his reputation as he ended the night with a pair of goals. That brings his total to 9 goals and 3 assists in his last 8 games against St. Louis.

Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak talked about the disastrous third period after the game. “I think we played a good 40 minutes,” Halak said. “Then in the third period, we killed the penalty and they scored right away on a lucky bounce for their guy. It seemed like they took over and they scored two more goals. It was too late for us to start playing again and we just have to learn from it.”

Defending Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry also notched his first goal of the season—fittingly on Corey Perry Night in Anaheim.

Perry talked about “his” night after the game. “That was special,” Perry said. “It was a tremendous honor just to be acknowledged. I have to thank the organization for doing that. It was a great thing from the fans with the cheers. That was really nice.”

The win is just the latest in a three-game winning streak for the Ducks. The 3-1-0 start is the second best in franchise history—the only time they were better was in 2007. That season worked out pretty well for Anaheim.

The question mark around the Ducks over the last few seasons has been their ability to play defense. With guys like Lubomir Visnovsky and Cam Fowler, they certainly have defenseman capable of contributing to the offensive side of the puck. But the team defense has been strong to start the season—due in large part to Jonas Hiller’s spectacular play in the early going.

The all-star netminder has started all four games for Anaheim this season and looks like he’s shaken off any signs of the vertigo-like symptoms that sidelined him for the second half last season. Hiller has a 1.71 goals against average, a .934 save percentage, and a shutout over the beginning of the season. Just imagine what those stats would look like if the team showed up for their opener against Buffalo in Helsinki last week.

The Ducks will have no time to enjoy their victory as they faceoff against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night. The two teams played a hard-fought 1-0 game on Friday night and the Sharks will be looking to snap their two game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Blues will head north to Los Angeles to play their 3rd game in 4 nights against the Kings on Tuesday night.

Video: Bobby Ryan’s candidate for goal of the season

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You’re going to see this goal in highlight reels for the next 10 years.

During the third period with the Anaheim Ducks and Nashville Predators locked up a 1-1, Bobby Ryan broke that tie in the meantime with a goal that defies description.

After picking the puck off at the point from Nashville forward David Legwand, Ryan streaked towards the Nashville end and poked the puck around and past Legwand twice more before deking and firing the puck past Rinne on the backhand to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.

While the game is headed to overtime tied at 3-3, Ryan’s goal remains the most spectacular goal we’ve seen in the playoffs and perhaps all season long.

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