Now that the Rick Nash trade speculation is finally over, the focus has now shifted to the ultimate destination of Anaheim Ducks' winger Bobby Ryan. Ryan has been on and off the trading block for a long time now, and his patience for this rumored movement has all but ran out.
However, his vocalizing of that frustration to the media was over a month ago, and there hasn't been any noise on the Anaheim front, aside from a few free agent signings. Talk has even moved on to how general manager Bob Murray is going to re-sign Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both of whom have contracts that expire at the end of this coming season.
So it's worth considering: Have the trade winds surrounding Ryan settled down, and can we expect to see him at the Ducks' training camp?
I think it's entirely possible. Here's why:
Unlike the Rick Nash situation, Ryan plays for a competitive team with a real shot at making the playoffs with their current roster. Hence, opposing general managers know that Murray isn't desperate yet to move Ryan, and that Murray will want to get his money's worth if he's going to move one of his most valuable assets.
It's entirely possible that the asking price is just too steep, and that there aren't any teams willing to give up what Murray is asking, which is likely to be something to the tune of a top-six forward, a top-four defenseman and a prospect or a high draft pick.
It's asking a lot, and it would be hard for any team to give up those kind of resources, even if they're getting Bobby Ryan in return.
It's also worth considering that Ryan wasn't unhappy in Anaheim; rather he felt unwanted and under-appreciated, and with good reason. If the Ducks' management have gotten their act together and assured Ryan that they want to keep him on the team, and that he won't have to worry about being on the trade block any longer, then perhaps Ryan is content to forgive and forget.
That's purely speculation, but with no noise coming out of the Anaheim camp, you have to wonder if the Ducks are going to try to lock down their core group of players and keep Ryan on board.
Also taking into account the fact that Teemu Selanne is coming back for one more year, and probably wouldn't want to come back to a team in the middle of a "rebuild," you have several indicators that Anaheim is going to stick to its guns and dig in with what they have.