Ottawa Senators should pursue Bobby Ryan instead of Nash

By Matthew Kirkpatrick

If Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray wants to add a top-flight winger via trade this off-season Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan should be the apple of his eye, and not Rick Nash.

The first reason to take Ryan over Nash is quite simply: his price tag would be lower.

NHL Rumors suggested that there was a deal in place for Ryan to move to the Buffalo Sabres along with Jonas Hiller in exchange for Sabres goalie Ryan Miller.

The deal apparently fell through after Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic ran Miller over, and sidelined the star netminder with a concussion.

The Ottawa Senators could offer up an attractive package of prospects, and/or picks to entice the Ducks management to part with Ryan. Ottawa also has ample cap space to accomadate Ryan’s contract.

A package including Zack Smith, one of Stefan Noesen, or Matt Puempel, and the number 15 pick in Friday’s NHL draft would likely be a good starting point for negotiations.

With Mika Zibanejad waiting in the wings as a solid two way centre with offensive up side moving Smith would become easier for the club, and moving one of last years first round picks for a developed, and proven NHL talent is a no brainer.

When comparing this price point to that of a deal involving Nash it is clear why Murray would want to dance with the Ducks as opposed to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Ryan would fit in just fine on Jason Spezza‘s left wing much like Nash would, but Ryan’s $5.1 million cap hit for the next three years would be much easier to digest than the $7.8 million price tag Nash would carry through the 2017-18 season.

When you factor in that Ryan is also three years younger than Nash it becomes easier and easier to see why the Ottawa Senators should add the Ducks winger to their wish list this summer if he is indeed available.



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