New York Islanders Seven Trade Worthy Power-Forwards
First off, Bobby Ryan has a ten team no-trade clause, but he’s from NJ so it’s probable that LI isn’t one of those teams. Second; even if he isn’t a ‘power-forward’ necessarily, he plays a physical, two-way style of hockey.
The 6’2″, 204lbs forward is coming off his worst full season to date. Oh yeah, he comes with a $7.5 million contract for five more seasons. Combine that with the fact that he’ll be 31 next year and the second overall pick from 2005 starts to seem like a less attractive asset.
That’s exactly what Ottawa is likely thinking too. So perhaps we could get the (somewhat) local guy on the cheap. Hopefully, a fresh start in a place closer to home might revitalize his game (only a slight gamble).
He’s fast, feisty, and has shown he can score big if put on the right line. He’s also pretty solid defensively and boasts a right-handed release which the Islanders could use.
The Sens get Bailey, who put up more than double the points Bobby Ryan did last season. He’s also three years younger and $4.2 million cheaper ($2.2 million after Ottawa pays some of Ryans salary).
They also get a nice pair of draft picks for next season, adding to the youth.
We get Ryan at $5 million a year, only $1.7 million more than Bailey. If he rebounds back to where he was even two years ago it’ll be worth it.