It’s no secret that the B’s could use some goal scoring following their embarrassing first round exit to the seventh seeded Washington Capitals this spring. The Black & Gold scored just 15 goals in the duration of the seven game series and if you are doing the math that is just over 2 per game. That is not going to cut it and Peter Chiarelli has come to realize that a change needs to be made.
The B’s are reportedly in the market for a pure 30+ goal scorer and 25 year-old winger Bobby Ryan seems to fit the bill. Ryan recorded 31 goals and 57 points last year as a duck and has netted at least 30 goals the past four years including a career high of 35 in the 09-10 season. Ryan has been linked to the bruins in possible trade rumors over the past few weeks and has been on his way out since the beginning of last year. Other names swirling are Zach Parise and Rick Nash to Boston. Out of these three Ryan is the best fit for numerous reasons. Nash’s cap hit of 7.8 million automatically makes life difficult for the cap-stricken B’s and Parise is likely to command around 7 million this offseason. Parise and Nash would likely be the highest players on the B’s, which simply is not their style. Chiarelli loves to find the diamonds in the rough and get guys cheap hoping they will grow into stars. This makes Ryan that much more appealing due to his reasonable cap hit of $5.1 million. In addition Ryan is much younger at age 25 than Nash (28) and Parise (27), and will improve even more as he begins to enter his prime.
Perhaps the most underrated reason that Ryan is perfect for the bruins is his efficiency while on the ice. last season he scored 31 goals in just 18:21 time on ice. Parise and Nash recorded 21:29 and 19:05 TOI with similar scoring results. In Boston, Claude Julien loves to roll all four lines meaning that few players will receive large amounts of minutes. Players therefore need to capitalize on the time they get and Ryan can do that better than anyone else in the league.
Names like David Krejci and Milan Lucic have been floating around as possible trade chips due to their poor performances last spring. The next few weeks could decide where Ryan lands and that destination could very well land him in Boston this summer.
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