March 5, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Bobby Ryan (9) waits for the face off against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

Oh Bobby, What Should We Do With You?

Ever since his comments came out about being on the trading block back on the day of the 1st round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Bobby Ryan has been a lightning bolt of trade rumors. Ducks fans immediately shot their arms up and their jaws dropped. He had been discussed a lot during last season as being part of a big trade, but had not come out in an interview to fully express what he was thinking. So, his comments were a bit of a shock.

Just a short recap on what he had said to sports writer Randy Miller:

“I take things personally. Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately. Obviously, it’s not the ideal situation. When you get drafted, you want to win championships with that team and every time they look to add a piece to the puzzle, I’m the piece going the other way.”

“I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don’t care. Move me … because it’s just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you’re going to be the guy moved.”

“I thought going into the summer, with the second half that I had, some of the rumors would be put to rest. I don’t know what it is or what I have to do to put them away.”

I don’t blame Bobby Ryan for feeling like this. Every time the Ducks begin to look for improvements, Ryan seems to always be the guy heading the other way. Ryan is a loyal guy, he has given everything to this franchise so far in his career. However, if you were to continually get thrown into trade talk, wouldn’t you just want it to be over with? At some point, a decision has to be made, staying in limbo like this isn’t helping the situation.

So, should the Ducks trade Bobby Ryan? Ducks GM Bob Murray doesn’t know the answer. Every report is indicating that Murray honestly has no clue what he wants to do. During trade talks, it’s been reported that Murray has not always been sure what he wants in return for Bobby Ryan. Of course, it would be similar to what Rick Nash would be worth he were to be traded. In this situation, I think doing nothing is the worst possible thing you could do. Of course, Murray and Ryan reportedly had a meeting together after the Draft ended. I have not been able to find any kind of story on what went down behind those closed doors, but you can imagine what they discussed. During trade talks, it’s been reported that Murray has not always been sure what he wants in return for Bobby Ryan. Of course, it would be similar to what Rick Nash would be worth he were to be traded. Let’s all keep in mind, though, that Bob Murray has also said that the Ducks are also trying to extend the contracts of Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Anyway, I think at this point, the Ducks may have to trade Bobby Ryan. That might not be what Ducks fans want to here, but that’s how I feel. Any team in this league would be very fortunate to have Ryan dress for them. So, naturally, he has been attracting interest from at least six different teams and probably more. Moving Bobby Ryan would not benefit this team right away unless Bob Murray realizes what he wants in return and that includes NHL level players. What ever the Ducks get in return for Bobby Ryan, it would most likely be very good. The Ducks current NHL roster is not good at all, however, they do have one of the best group of prospects in the league. So, a Bobby Ryan trade would bring in at least one high draft pick and either a very good prospect or an top six forward or top four defenseman.

In the end, I think Bobby should be dealt. It’s obvious he no longer is loyal to this franchise. The Ducks would get a very good package in return that could help the team down the line, which is the bottom line because this franchise isn’t even playoff caliber right now. Where should he be dealt? Any team because he doesn’t have a no-trade clause, so he can go technically go anywhere the Ducks want to trade him. However, it would have to be a place that Ryan would want to go because I think he has at least earned the right to choose his destination. You guys can scold me however you want for this post. I can dish it out sometimes, but if you do, you got to be able to take it. So, do what you want.

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