Can anyone explain why they want Ryan instead of Semin? As far as I can tell they both bring the same baggage, but Semin is a lot more talented and we wouldn't have to give up anything to get him.
Wouldn't mind having both of course but if you get Semin and save the likes of Ennis, you have your proven top line scoring and the cheap young developing potential both in hand. Also of note is that Semin and Ryan are basically the same size. Ryan will throw more hits of course, but he's not the consistently physical player guys are fantasizing about.
That's a forward corp I would be pretty happy with after this offseason knowing who we have on the farm.
I'd prefer adding a center to take pressure off of Ennis/Hodgy but I could live with the above.
I like that lineup. If Grigorenko seems ready in camp he could fit with Leino and Pommers and put Ott between Gerbe and Kaleta. And I haven't ruled out Adam yet either.
Anyway, with Roy gone I don't think there's a deal to be made with Ducks for Ryan. I don't imagine us giving up Ennis, and I wouldn't like it a bit. So if there is to be a top 6 winger coming in, it would have to be via FA, and that makes Semin the best fit. Unless there is someone out there that has flown below radar, or if Darcy and Lindy have a plan for a different lineup structure.