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How Bobby Ryan Could Fit In Boston

Earlier today, the Ottawa Senators announced they will be putting Bobby Ryan on waivers in order to buy him out.

With all the talk regarding the Bruins shaking things up this offseason, Ryan could be the important addition the Bruins have been looking for.

 

A Recap Of His NHL Career

Ryan is a 33-year-old winger who was drafted second overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He played six seasons with the Ducks, in which he had 289 points (147 goals, 142 assists) in 378 games. He also had 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Ryan represented the USA in the 2010 Winter Olympics. Team USA ended up losing to Canada in the gold medal game, which led to Ducks teammate Ryan Getzlaf nicknaming Ryan “Silver.”

He was traded to the Senators in 2013 in exchange for forwards Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen, and a first-round draft pick.

 

Personal Struggles

Ryan has dealt with troubles in his personal life ever since he was a child. His father was charged with attempted murder after assaulting his mother in 1997.

Most recently, during the 2019-2020 season, Ryan did not play for three months while he underwent treatment for alcohol abuse. During his first game back with the Senators, he scored a hat trick and was brought to tears as the crowd chanted his name. After overcoming such a challenge, Ryan was awarded this year’s Bill Masterton Trophy. The Masterton is awarded annually to the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

How He Could Help The Bruins

Although the Bruins core is aging and young faces are desired, Ryan could fill in as an experienced second or third liner. Since Ondrej Kase has been virtually invisible on the second line, it could be rearranged to DeBrusk-Krejci-Ryan. However, we know GM Don Sweeney wants Kase to shine since he was supposed to be a huge difference-maker for the team. So, if they decide to keep the second line as is, Ryan could fit on the third line alongside Anders Bjork and Charlie Coyle. The only issue with this would come down to the placement of Jack Studnicka, who has been trying to solidify his third line spot.

If the Bruins sign Ryan to a cheap, one-year deal, it could end up being a situation that’s low risk and high reward. Why not, right? The Bruins are looking for at least one more deep playoff run with the current team. Anything short of a Stanley Cup at this point would be extremely disappointing. Ryan has never won a Cup, so his desire to win and veteran status are two huge pros. He has underperformed the past couple of seasons, but stood out in the most recent Senators playoff run in 2016-2017, scoring 15 points in 19 games.

A lot of Bruins fans are demanding younger and faster players, but there’s a lot of potential behind this possible deal. Both the Bruins and Ryan’s chances to win the Cup are getting slimmer as each year passes, so why not take the chance?

– Caylee Allard (@2kaRask)

 

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