to get bobby ryan, you are going to have to give up some real assets.
Also, no need to get rid of Cooke. He played well last year, and contributed offensively as well. I think this year he will bring back some of the physical play a little bit also. He started to do that towards the end of the year.
Tootoo will drive fans crazy with the bone-headed penalties. We really can not have any more players that are prone to taking a penalty at the worst time. With Orpik and Kunitz now joining that party, we would constantly be on the PK.
I agree for the most part, I am not sure what Anaheim would want for Ryan as i am not sure there motivation for moving him other than he wants out. Would they be happy with one of our bluechip d prospects, do they want a proven D in Martin or Orpik? Are they stock piling draft picks for the next year or two? Obviously if we can't land Ryan then maybe we can pick up Parise as the consolation prize!
I can either keep or leave cooke, it really doesn't matter to me. We can include him in a trade or let him give it another whirl on the 3rd line next year. Last year he wasn't really effective but not really detrimental either. But if say, the ducks are interested in him as part of the Ryan trade, so be it.
As for Tootoo, he does take bad penalties but usually not at the wrong times, he a good grinder who loves winning those corner battles and cycles the puck down low with the best of them, which is why I want him over someone like Konopka who is a one trick pony who also takes bad penalties.
Hmm.... how about Martin to NJ for the rights to Parise and maybe that 4th line player we need.