Who Needs Ilya Kovalchuk? The Devils Should Sign Bobby Ryan

July 4th, 2010 by H. Joseph Leave a reply »

While Lou Lamoriello battles other general managers over superstar left winger Ilya Kovalchuk, there is a curious question not being asked by Devils' analysts and fans. Why not spend their surplus of cash on a player who could potentially make more sense for the short and long term success of the franchise?


That player is none other than future star, standout U.S. Olympian, and New Jersey native right winger Bobby Ryan.


Ryan, 23, is currently a restricted free agent from the Anaheim Ducks and could come to the Devils for a lower price than Kovalchuk is sure to receive. Ryan recently turned down two offers from the Ducks and is looking for something in the neighborhood of $6 million. This number is something the Devils could workout by creating a long-term deal to build their franchise around him and superstar left winger Zach Parise.


Unlike Kovalchuk, Ryan would be a proper fit for the Devils system and create a top line of Parise, center Travis Zajac and himself. This line would feature to 30 goal scorers and would be among the best, if not the best, in all of hockey. We ...

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