Scoring winger and potential restricted free agent Bobby Ryan has heard the Maple Leafs trade rumours along with the rest of the National Hockey League.
But the former No. 2 pick overall of Brian Burke when both were in Anaheim says he is still resolved to paddling with the Ducks, despite lack of progress on a new multi-year contract.
“I know the Toronto one is ... because of the Burke connection,” the 35-goal Ryan told the Orange County Register. ”I’d be very surprised if I were moved before I signed or before July 1.
“If I were traded, I know there’s places I’d like to go and places I wouldn’t like to go. That’s something that is still out of my hands. But if someone e-mails me another Toronto article, I’m going to lose it.”
Leafs sources say they are monitoring developments in Anaheim, but have had no direct talks.
In the OCR article, Ryan said he was “just kind of worried” at the lack of progress between his agents, Don Meehan and Mark Guy, and Ducks’ management. He assured he’s not seeking the same money as top scorers Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both on five-year contract extensions with yearly cap hits of $5.325 million US.
“I don’t want to force (management’s) hand and I don’t want them to force mine,” Ryan said. “I want to get it closed out before hand. There hasn’t been anything that’s gone in the right direction. But there’s no hostility.”
As for other deals this week, the Leafs and other clubs are waiting to see if Dale Tallon pulls down the walls with the Florida Panthers as he’s hinted.
Florida’s expected makeover with their new general manager has set the table for a week of enhanced trade speculation leading to the draft. Forward Nathan Horton’s agent has said he might well be dealt prior to his July 1 no trade kicking in and while Burke would love to land the 30-goal scorer to start the re-vamp of his offence in earnest, there will be other suitors.
Boston, armed with extra picks courtesy of the Leafs, was near the front of the Horton line according to some reports on the weekend. Panthers’ leading scorer Stephen Weiss might also be a candidate to leave.