Bobby Ryan, he whom overcame an interesting childhood, dominated the chatter of Buffalo Sabres fans and social media yesterday.
It was being said that the Sabres were on the cusp of obtaining Ryan in a trade, possibly involving Derek Roy. A rumor like this is a Sabres fans’ wet dream right now. How true is this? As Marcus alluded to in an earlier post, who cares. It means nothing until an actual accredited source confirms that a deal has taken place.
The rumor last season was that the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks were on the verge of closing a Bobby Ryan and Jonas Hiller for Ryan Miller trade, until Milan Lucic steamrolled those plans. This time around, Hiller and Miller are supposedly not part of the speculated deal.
Would Ryan improve the Sabres? Absolutely. He has netted 31, 35, 34, and 31 goals in each of his first 4 full NHL seasons. Is he what the Sabres need the most? Of course not. Buffalo still has a heavy need for a rugged and skilled center. This could come in the form of Jordan Staal.
Yet, among yesterday’s developments, was Penguins GM Ray Shero holding a press conference, in which he announced no plans to move Staal anytime soon. Could he be moved on Day One of the NHL Draft, which also happens to be his wedding day? It is still possible; the words of Shero could just be a ploy to increase the trade value of Staal.
Until any trades are made official, Sabres fans can continue to dream of a lineup that includes Patrick Kane, Bobby Ryan, Jordan Staal, and a 25-year-old Wayne Gretzky. I am sure owner Terry Pegula shares in those dreams too.
Prior to Pegulaville, we Sabres fans could rarely even ponder the ideas of obtaining a Rick Nash or Christian Ehrhoff in the past dozen or so years. Having a multi-billionaire owner, combined with the emergence of a vile chatter dungeon such as Twitter, has created a monster that eats away at the souls of bored hockey fans in the summer, and places visions of Bobby Ryans skating in our heads.