Bobby Ryan is best fit for Rangers

Though New York is hot in pursuit of Rick Nash, it should target Ducks sniper

Originally Published: June 29, 2012
By Neil Greenberg | ESPN Insider
Bobby RyanScott Levy/NHLI via Getty ImagesThe Ducks' Bobby Ryan knows how to find the back of the net.

During the regular season, the New York Rangers scored 2.71 goals per game, which helped fuel them to 109 points and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs, however, the offense dried up. The Blueshirts averaged 2.15 goals per game and were dreadful at 5-on-5, scoring only 27 goals in 20 contests.

Zach Parise will be an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could certainly be relied on to provide the needed offense, but when the Devils captain was asked if he would consider playing for the rival Rangers, he responded with an unequivocal, "No." That means the Rangers are going to have to be creative to secure the top-six talent they need to provide a two-way presence who will tilt the ice in their favor, most likely via trade.

Chances are you've heard the various trade rumors involving Rick Nash, captain of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Nash had 59 points (30 goals, 29 assists) in 82 games this past season. In 674 career games, the former No. 1 overall pick has recorded 547 points (289 goals, 258 assists). But he is under contract through the 2017-18 season, carrying a cap hit of $7.8 million, the fifth highest in the league.

Nash would certainly fit as the scoring winger the Rangers covet, but as enticing as the idea of Nash playing on Broadway is, there is a better trade acquisition out there for the Rangers: Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks.

For starters, Bobby Ryan is the better player, and it is not even close.


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Neil Greenberg is ESPN Insider's NHL analytics expert. His columns have appeared on the Washington Post website, and he is a regular guest on Sirius XM NHL Radio.