Ducks Send Bobby Ryan to Iowa
He’s a young player who has made huge strides. He demonstrated that in training camp. He was in probably the best shape of his life and htat was the first step for him. His perforamance was that where it made us difficult for us to reassign him today.
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In addition, the Ducks announced that left wing Joakim Lindstrom has been claimed on waivers by Chicago.
Anaheim now has 25 players remaining on its 2008 Training Camp Roster – 16 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
Ducks Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke comment on the situation on a conference call with reporters:
Bobby Ryan had an excellent camp and he was clearly in the hunt to make our team. Not a lock, because we haven’t made those decisions yet, but he was in the hunt. He did everything we asked him to do in the offseason. It’s been a successful campaign for him, no question about it.
We looked at 100 ways to start the season and figure out a way to keep Bobby and we can’t do that. There is no other option for us at this point in time. Fairness to players is a principle we live by in
Our first priority is that he plays for the Ducks. But if he’s dominating down there and we can’t resolve our cap situation, fairness would dictate that we would try to move him. But, and this is critical and I made Bobby repeat it when I told it to him, we’re not setting a timeframe on this. I’m not going to say, “If we don’t find a way in 30 days, we’ll move you.” I’m not putting a timeframe on this. He belongs to our organization and we’re going to do what’s best for the organizations within the confines of being fair to him. But not one bit of this is applicable unless he dominates down there, and we think he will.
If there is going to be a trade at some point, we’re going to do it for something that helps the Ducks. It has to be an age-group asset, as we call it. It’s not a first round pick and not a 30-year-old. It’s got to be a guy in Bobby’s age group or a package that includes a guy in Bobby’s age group that can help us. Our fans deserve that.
Bobby Ryan is a great kid and he’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. We believe he’s going to be a good NHL player. I wish there were better options to deal with this situation, but there are not.
I think people are going to take an opportunity to blast the cap system or blast the Player’s Association for not notifying the league that they do not intend to re-open the CBA. We don’t fault the league or the union in this case. This is the landscape we live in. The same set of rules apply to every team. We’re not faulting anybody here. We’re just going to move ahead.
On how Ryan took the news,
Randy and Bob Murray said he was clearly disappointed, and I don’t blame him. Getting sent to the minors is never a fun meeting. For a guy who worked as hard as he did to put himself in the hunt, it’s clearly disappointing. I talked to him on the phone and he was clearly disappointed.
On whether he could be back up before opening night (Oct. 9),
It’s highly unlikely. I can’t see a scenario where that would happen. There is no Plan B to do that. I cannot see that happening.
On the Ducks’ cap situation,
We’re still looking at some other moves, but even with this move we’re going to be close to the cap.
On what the Ducks will be looking for from Ryan in the AHL,
It’s more of whether the hockey ops people feel he’s dominating. That doesn’t always manifest itself on the scoresheet. I told Bobby, “You’ve got to be a top player down there. You carried those guys in the playoffs last year and we’re looking for you to do the same thing.”
On whether the Ducks will carry 22 players when the season starts,
We’re trying to sort that out. We’re trying to figure out Brad Larsen’s injury status, for one thing.