Like many fans here, I'd love to see Bobby Ryan in Orange and Black. We have all heard how contract negotiations between him and Anaheim are going (or would "not going" be the better term?). We also know that we have 8 NHL ready defensemen on our roster, while they only have 5 since they traded Wisnewski for practically nothing. Let's be honest here, though. Are Festerling and Mikkelson REALLY NHL ready? Most posts by Ducks fans I've read clearly state "NO". The Ducks are currently $15M under the cap, with 21 players signed, including the Dmen listed above. $15M for 2 true NHL Dmen and possibly a reserve goalie (their current back-up is McElhinney. Who? Exactly) and reserve F.
With that said, do you think it's possible, or even logical, to trade Carle/Coburn and van Riemsdyk for Bobby Ryan? We have $300K in cap space available right now (read - NO wiggle room). I'll go with Coby's salary for the D, for the sake of lower cap hit. Ryan made $1.9M last year, which is an absolute BARGAIN for a 30-goal scorer. We offer $10.5M for 3 years ($3.5M per), and have the deal agreed to prior to the trade. We lose Coby's salary ($3.2M) + JvR's ($1.6M including bonuses), leaving an extra $1.3M in cap space for a total availability of $1.6M with a full roster already set.
I'm basing this scenario WITHOUT speculation of waiving Cote (although it's immenent) or Boosh, nor looking into another goalie. Of course, this trade/signing would make it much easier to waive them both ($1.475M) and sign Turco/Theo/insert other goalie possiblities here; plus leave plenty of space for any needed aquisitions at the deadline.