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Anaheim GM quells the Bobby Ryan storm

And just like that, as mysteriously as they arrived, the Bobby Ryan trade rumors were gone.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun is reporting Anaheim GM Bob Murray has “quieted things down” on the Ryan trade front. Murray informed both Ryan and inquiring teams he wants to see how the Ducks respond to new head coach Bruce Boudreau before making any (other) significant moves.

So case closed? I guess, even though we’re still left with the mystery of why Ryan was made available in the first place. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail suggested that “reading between the lines…Ryan and Carlyle weren’t getting along and one had to go,” which is probably as legit a theory as any, even though it’s difficult to find corresponding evidence.

Ryan was third among all Ducks forwards in minutes per game (19:01) and routinely got to play with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He’s also enjoyed three 30-goals seasons on Carlyle’s watch (an average 20:11 TOI last year), so it’s not like he was being stifled offensively.

Digging deeper for a conflict…there has always been befuddlement over Ryan’s lack of powerplay opportunities. Carlyle often rode his first unit of Visnovsky-Fowler-Getzlaf-Perry-Selanne, meaning Ryan only got around two minutes of PP time a game. Carlyle also dropped Ryan to the third line with Maxime Macenauer and Niklas Hagman, one of his final moves as head coach.

None of those seem indicative of a major rift between coach and player, though.

We can probably put an end to the Bobby Ryan trade speculation

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The rumor mill that was going wild over the possibility that the Ducks would trade Bobby Ryan should now be all but over with.

Look at it this way, with the Ducks having lost 16 of their last 19 now after beating Montreal last night, they were in need of a change one way or another. It was viewed that either Randy Carlyle was going to go or a trade was going to happen to shake the team up. With Carlyle out and nice guy Boudreau in, it’d be wise to give Boudreau all the players that are currently in place to see what he can do with it.

With offensive weapons like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Teemu Selanne, and Ryan alike it makes too much sense to see what Boudreau can do with that much talent at his disposal. After all, he seemed to do pretty well in Washington with the guys he had there so why eliminate a 30-goal scorer just for change sake?

Buck up though Rangers fans/Sabres fans/rumor fans, there’ll be other deals to ruminate about in the future you’ll just have to take your eyes off the 24 year-old budding superstar for now.

Cross Flyers off list of teams seeking Bobby Ryan

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The trade rumors surrounding Bobby Ryan continue to swirl, but CSNPhilly.com’s John Boruk reports that the Philadelphia Flyers aren’t in the running.

Judging by the makeup of this Flyers team, it’s not shocking that they aren’t looking to add Ryan, who grew up near Philly. Then again, there are plenty of reasons why it would make sense to go after Ryan, which shows how crazy it would be for the Anaheim Ducks to move him.

1. Ryan is three-time 30-goal scorer despite being just 24 years old.

2. The Flyers love power forwards and Ryan is a budding one, even if Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are nastier.

3. Ryan sports a more-than-reasonable $5.15 million annual cap hit through the 2014-15 season.

4. Generally speaking, the Flyers love making splashy moves.

Those reasons could make any fan base excited, but the Flyers are reportedly balking at the asking price that might include James van Riemsdyk or Brayden Schenn. (One can imagine that Philly would need to throw another player in there anyway, considering their skimpy cap space.)

In an ideal world, Ryan would stay with the team that drafted him. As he said, it’s ultimately a business though, so we’ll see if the desperate Ducks really pull the trigger.

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

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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.