With the Marc Staal negotiations at “a chasm”, the Rangers may be put in a position to lose the young defenseman to an offer sheet. However, rumblings out of Anaheim are that Bobby Ryan and Ducks GM Bob Murray are also at odds with the contract negotiations, and Ryan may price himself out of Anaheim. With that said, if the Rangers and Staal cannot come to an agreement, would you trade Staal for Ryan, provided you can get Ryan under contract? Note: This is just me just thinking out loud, and there is no rumor or anything that backs this up.
It sure would make for an interesting scenario. If the Rangers do in fact trade Staal for Ryan, how do you then justify trading Bobby Sanguinetti for draft picks? Also, it then becomes a must that Dan Girardi be re-signed. But who would replace Staal? Is there anyone in the system that can pick up the slack? How would the blue line look, within cap restraints, if you do in fact swap Staal for Ryan?
With the UFA season just three days away, the Rangers need to either get Staal under contract, or risk losing him. Gaining something back in the form of Bobby Ryan would make losing Staal more palatable though.