The New York Rangers have had preliminary talks with the Anaheim Ducks about acquiring Bobby Ryan, according to a tweet from Larry Brooks of the New York Post. According to Brooks, the level of interest on both sides, as well as the ability to make a deal work is “unclear.”
Ryan, 24, has had a slow start to the 2011-12 season, having tallied just seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 23 games. Last year, the forward scored 34 goals and registered 37 points for 71 points, which ranked fourth on the team.
The Ducks selected Ryan with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft. In five seasons with Anaheim, he has collected 112 goals, 101 assists, and 213 points while posting a career +30 plus/minus rating. The Rangers are currently 12-5-3, this season which ranks sixth in the Eastern Conference standings. The team is in need of an offensive boost, currently they rank second to last in the conference with 56 goals.