I think Semin's version of failure is more entertaining than Penner's version of failure. Penner would just be depressing.
I mean if the rest of the deal were right I guess I could learn to like it (both guys make sense as low-risk change of scenery types) but if I had to guess I'd see it as more likely Semin turns it on here than Penner.
Bobby Ryan would be a perfect fit... If they're looking for a rebuild, I think we'd have some good pieces (Schultz + Perreault + Neuvirth + Eakin + Galiev + picks) but if they're looking to still compete I don't see much of a chance of us getting him unless we trade Laich...
If trading Ryan is their version of rebuilding then maybe Eakin and an avalanche of 1sts including the Colorado one with Hamrlik leaving as a salary dump would entice them. Maybe send Schultz over as well if we can get Beauchemin out of it too.
If they're trying to get depth to stay relevant during the season then yeah we're not good partners.
If Ryan is truly available, ANA is looking for a hell of a lot more than a Russian prospect with visions of Olympic glory bouncing around in his head. Have a look at ANA's blueline and you'll quickly realize what they'd be looking for.
My guess is that the NHL exec is feeding Kyper some bull, in an attempt to create some public pressure. Ryan is signed long-term to a fair deal (while Getzlaf & Perry will be UFAs in only a year and a half). To get Ryan, teams would have to completely overpay (or iow, Carlson AND Eakin). Doesn't have the smell of a McPhee type maneuver.