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Do it. Get him. This team is still, imho 1 more legitimate offensive weapon away from being a Stanley Cup favorite. You have the chance to get a multiple 30 goal scorer on a favorable contract who is just now entering the prime of his career, you do it. End of story. This is why the Rangers have these assets, to make moves when they are ready…and they are ready, now.

I’ve got 2 proposals and 2 corresponding lineups.

First:
Brandon Dubinsky OR Artem Anisimov
A first rounder in either of the next 2 drafts (Anaheims choice)
Ryan Bourque OR Michael St. Croix, OR Steven Fogarty OR Christian Thomas
Dylan McIlrath OR Tim Erixon

For Bobby Ryan.

Assuming they took Dubi the lineup for this season would be something like…

Anisimov – Stepan – Gaborik
Ryan – Richards – Callahan
Wolski – Mitchell – Hagelin
Fedotenko – Boyle – Prust

Rupp, Avery waive EC

When Staal is healthy…

Staal – Sauer
Girardi – MCD
MDZ – Eminger

Woywitka, waive Stralman

If they Picked Dubi You’d probably slide Ryan up to the top line, and move Dubi down to the 2nd.

My other proposed trade, which would be my preferred trade would be this…

Brandon Dubinsky OR Artem Anisimov
A first rounder in either of the next 2 drafts (Anaheims choice)
Ryan Bourque OR Michael St. Croix, OR Steven Fogarty OR Christian Thomas
Dylan McIlrath OR Tim Erixon
Wojtek Wolski

For Bobby Ryan & Lubomir Visnovsky

When everyone is healthy you’d have a lineup that looks something like this..

Anisimov – Stepan – Gaborik
Ryan – Richards – Callahan
Fedotenko – Mitchell – Hagelin
Rupp – Boyle – Prust

Avery waive EC

When Staal & Visnovsky are healthy…

Staal – Sauer
Girardi – MCD
MDZ – Visnovsky
Eminger, Waive Woywitka & Stralman

That lineup has it all. Toughness, scoring, passing, the big shot from the point, and of course the goaltending. You have a chance to add this guy, you do it!!!


2 Responses to “My Thoughts On Bobby Ryan.”

Interesting thoughts. Personally, I would hate to see McIlraith or Thomas go, but I could live with the rest. Out of interest, who do you think Anaheim would take/you would prefer Anaheim to take out of Dubi and AA? Not long ago I would have shuddered at the thought of losing either of them, but so far this season I’m not enamoured with either of them. I feel like AA SHOULD have more potential, but his play so far has been disappointing. BTW love the blog, and I appreciate your thoughts, even if I don’t always agree. Then again, that’s kinda why I read it… Go Rangers!

Thanks for the kind words! Honestly, right this minute I would say Dubinsky just because of how well the top line has played together. With that said, I don’t know if it really matters. Both guys can play center or LW, both guys are producing at roughly the same rate, both guys can play the PP or PK. Dubi is stronger and meaner, AA is more skilled and intelligent. Either way, neither is a particularly huge price to pay for a 24 year old guy who has never scored less than 30 goals in an NHL season.