Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Rangers have had preliminary talks with the Anaheim Ducks about Bobby Ryan, but the level of interest and ability to make the deal is unclear.
Brooks adds that Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are off limits.
Sean Gentile at The Sporting News adds that recent reports have said the struggling Ducks (two wins in their last 19 games) have made Ryan, who has scored more than 30 goals in each of his first three NHL seasons and totaled a career-best 71 points in 2010-11, available.
Ryan has 7g, 4a this season.
…i’d be shocked if the Rangers would be able to pull off this move without giving up either Stepan or McD as well as one of their recent first round picks (Kreider, McIlrath or Miller). Ryan is a stud and at just 24 years of age will command a huge return for the Ducks.
…this was my concern all along with acquiring Richards. When you’re in win-now mode, you don’t worry about emptying out your organization to bring in the “missing piece.” Having said that, since the Rangers are in win-now mode they’d be stupid not to inquire about Ryan.