According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers are not trading Marc Staal, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh, along with Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Henrik Lundqvist, in a deal to acquire more scoring.
Brooks notes that the Ducks aren’t interested in Brandon Dubinsky and while they would have interest in Derek Stepan, the Rangers may not like having Artem Anisimov or Brandon Dubinsky as the second line center.
He writes that the Rangers probably can’t acquire Ryan unless they relent and move some of their younger players. Brooks also notes that the Rangers won’t acquire Rick Nash unless Columbus GM Scott Howson lowers his demands.
In regards to Nash, Brooks writes that Nash’s agent has said that he won’t expand his list of teams and that the Flyers and Senators are not on that list.
According to Jeff Z. Klein of the NY Times, Howson asked for Brandon Dubinsky and a combination of Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Del Zotto and possibly two first round picks in a deal for Nash at the deadline.
He notes that McDonagh, Kreider and possibly Hagelin are untouchable.
According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, the Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan.
LeBrun says that any deal with the Flyers for Ryan would need to include 20-year-old center Brayden Schenn.
He notes that the Flyers don’t want to move Schenn and instead would rather move James vanRiemsdyk.
LeBrun thinks that Ryan could be a PLAN B for the Flyers if they miss out on Rick Nash.
Anaheim is reportedly not shopping Ryan, but is listening to offers.
Ryan is from Cherry Hill, NJ.
Adam Rotter: If Schenn would be required from the Flyers, you would think that Derek Stepan would be required for Bobby Ryan. The question that I have with moving Stepan for Ryan, is who then replaces Stepan as the second line center? Artem Anisimov is the easy choice but that is a big role for him to step into after having a down season.
12:25PM: Richard: Now that Bobby Ryan is available again, I think the Rangers should stop looking at Rick Nash and make a move for Ryan. He is younger and cheaper and would probably cost less. What do you think the Rangers will offer to get him?
Adam: Well, Bob McKenzie said yesterday, “If ANA moves Ryan I suspect it would be for two or three building block pieces that would increase organizational depth but not payroll.” You would figure that since the Ducks are losing Justin Schultz, they will want Tim Erixon or Michael Del Zotto as part of a deal. I am not sure that Brandon Dubinsky is a fit if Anaheim is looking to shed some payroll, and if that is the case, they will want guys like Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan who are cheap.
Anaheim will want but won’t get Chris Kreider and if they are looking to cut payroll they probably won’t want Brandon Dubinsky. The Rangers may have to part with a guys like Carl Hagelin, Artem Anisimov or even Derek Stepan to get Ryan.
Ryan is signed for three more seasons at $5.1 million per season. In a down season, Ryan had 31 goals and 26 assists. He had 7 points in 8 games for Team USA at the World Championships. He played under John Tortorella at the 2010 Olympics.
In November, it was reported that the Rangers untouchable roster players, in regards to Bobby Ryan, were Ryan Callahan, dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh, Michael Sauer, Marc Staal and Derek Stepan.
Once again, Anaheim seems willing to LISTEN to trade offers and just wants to see what kind of market is out there for those three guys. Getzlaf is the key guy though, but the cost would likely be exorbitant for the Ducks Captain. We know the Rangers had interest in Bobby Ryan and it will be interesting to see if they send out feelers again.