The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 12/01/11 at 11:33 AM ET
If you look hard enough, I’m sure you can find 29 team blogs this week theorizing why it’s a good idea for a phone call to be made about Bobby Ryan. I’ve read a few such pieces, and the worst ones are those that actually think he’s an untouchable and too good a player for Anaheim to give up.
This is the same organization that last night hired the guy who oversaw the repeated failures of the biggest group of underachievers that the league has seen in quite some time. Who says they aren’t capable of dealing a 24-year old forward who scored 100 goals over the past three seasons?
Word on the street is that the wheels are already in motion. Ryan hasn’t been as effective this season and is only on pace for 24 goals. We in Pegulaville can only hope for even a trace of such a swoon to overcome Ville Leino.
As Sabres fans have heard, Ducks GM Bob Murray and a few of his scouts were in the First Niagara Center press box Tuesday night. We’re all being told that there have been discussions between Anaheim and Buffalo, but are being cautioned not to assume that Ryan is the topic of conversation. Forgive me for rolling my eyes at anyone who tries to tell me with a straight face that his name wouldn’t be brought up.
I get a kick out of talk from the experts who say you can’t make trades like this because you would have to overpay and endanger the stock of your farm system. Have these talking heads heard about Joe Thornton, Roberto Luongo, or pretty much every major deal orchestrated by Don Waddell?
For their part, the Sabres are still reaping the benefits of the Chris Gratton for Daniel Briere bargain almost nine years ago. Top-four defenseman Andrej Sekera was drafted courtesy of a pick acquired in that deal. It’s not just about the picks exchanged in these trades, but also having an organization that knows what to do with them.
And I don’t buy the notion that the salary cap is an impediment to Darcy Regier pulling off something like this, especially after my enduring a summer of silliness reading how Buffalo would have to cut everyone from Brad Boyes to Jason Pominville to make room for their free agent pickups. Put another way, if the Sabres want Ryan bad enough then they’ll find room for him.
Opportunities to add such an elite young talent to your arsenal don’t come along very often. The hiring of Bruce Boudreau by the Ducks may have put a Ryan deal on hold for now, but what happens if they’re still slumping in 3-4 weeks? The Sabres have a GM known for some crafty moves during his tenure. If you dare to dream, I say go ahead.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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