The focus on Anaheim for some time now – and by some time I mean the last few seasons has been the rumors surrounding a potential trade of Ducks forward Bobby Ryan. The rumors and possible trades have made for a less than optimal situation for the perennial thirty goal scorer. Bobby Ryan on all the rumors that have mentioned his name:
“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,” he said. “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.”
Unrest in Anaheim, you bet. Will there be a move – maybe not. GM Bob Murray has not listed a price for Ryan – only entertained offers. If a guys is really on the move; you would think the asking price would be out there.
Saying Bobby Ryan is for sale and not putting a price on a car you were selling – but only taking “best offers” and telling potential buyers yes or no based on their offers without giving them a baseline. OK – bad idea because no one is going to offer you an insane deal for an old car – but you get my point.
Bobby Ryan will most likely make it to the 2012-2013 regular season if there is not a lockout for a couple of reasons. Mainly – as the last big name really available – all the major contenders are out of the picture; and Murray is going to want major players in return.
The Buffalo Sabres could still be on the market for Ryan - but any trade will most likely involve Thomas Vanek – and I highly doubt as much as the love affair with some players has ended in Buffalo, GM Darcy Regier isn’t moving Thomas Vanek. While the current crop of prospects could net a replacement for Thomas Vanek on the score sheet, none are at that level just yet.
The road trip involving this game only involves on late night game. The San Jose Sharks game is a 10:30 PM start – the Saturday and Sunday contests between Phoenix and Anaheim are evening affairs in the local times, and will be broadcast at 8PM locally in Buffalo – making this West coast trip some what more bearable.
The Buffalo Sabres faced off against the Ducks last season only once – the season opener in Helsinki, Finland. The Sabres skated to a 4-1 victory over the Ducks. The last three games of play between the Buffalo Sabres an Anaheim Ducks have ended with the Sabres winning the last two by a combined score of 9-3. The last Ducks victory came in 2009-2010 with the Ducks beating the Buffalo Sabres 5-4.