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Red Wings Rumors: Detroit To 'Make A Pitch' For Bobby Ryan Trade?

While much of the focus of NHL trade rumors is currently on Rick Nash and a possible deal with the Detroit Red Wings, it's important to remember that he isn't the only forward on the market. Anaheim is believed to be shopping Bobby Ryan, and given Columbus' insane demands, a deal for Ryan might be more likely.

Although speculation suggested days ago that the Red Wings might have interest in dealing for Ryan, there wasn't an actual report confirming this until Thursday night. That is when the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch put together an article about Ryan and listed the teams believed to be interested in making a pitch to the Ducks for a deal.

Sources say the Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators are amongst a group of teams that will make a pitch for Ryan.

Trading for Ryan seems like a much more feasible option for the Red Wings than making a move for Nash. Not only is Ryan younger and on a better contract, but I don't think it's possible for Anaheim to demand more in return for Ryan that Columbus is for Nash. There's a reason Nash still hasn't been traded, and it all goes back to the Blue Jackets' desire for teams to give up way more than they should.

Should things not pan out with Shane Doan or Alexander Semin on the free agent market, trading for Ryan seems to be the next best option for the Red Wings.

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