For a couple/few years now this blog has been a consistent advocate for the talent and character inside of Bobby Ryan. The rest of that package is a tad goofy but that just makes him human.
This blog also agrees with Silver that Coach Boudreau’s idea of building a line around him is worth pursuing. As Ryan himself said following his exit interview, “Can you imagine how good I’m going to be after a full year under this guy.”
Numbers don’t lie. Sometimes numbers don’t tell you the whole story. Sporting News compared Bobby Ryan to Rick Nash and Ryan takes it for possessing higher upside. There are intangibles not considered but….you get a talent like Bobby Ryan, you don’t trade him. You build champions around and upon him. With Zach Parise off the table, Darren Dreger puts Nash and Ryan atop Gossip Girls chatter charts.
Imagine. Our Ducks could have two guys (Pears & Silver) competing for the Hart and Ross. If Getz learns how to prepare for a game and arrive properly motivated, there could be three Ducks competing for the Hart. Mark Whicker explains.
All that is needed is the right support players around each. Maybe Getzlaf is that guy for Perry. Fact is, Corey doesn’t need Ryan Getzlaf. Ryan Getzlaf and Ducks fans everywhere need Brad Staubitz and Sheldon Souray to help Getzlaf bury his evil twin, Getzloaf.
And oh yeah, if Perry or Ryan isn’t giving opposing teams fits, Ducks have this old guy, Teemu Selanne who beats men half his age. He’s also got a partner, Saku Koivu. together they just might be the best give and go combo in all of hockey.
Put your money on Dutch and Bones, in that order.
People for whom I have great respect are wondering from where our Ducks offense will come. So long as D-men can either head man the puck, make a first pass, see the open skating lane and join the attack when necessary…lookout cookout.