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Angry Ryan to Ducks after trade rumors: "Move me"

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The Anaheim Ducks' Bob Murray knew that having rival general managers call and make offers for his star winger could make it an interesting first day at the NHL draft.

Murray didn't count on his winger lashing out and hoping that recent trade rumors would come true.

It was an eventful first round as the Ducks pulled a surprise with the No. 6 pick by taking fast-rising Swedish defenseman Hampus Lindholm after trading veteran Lubomir Visnovsky to the New York Islanders for a 2013 second-round draft pick.

Overshadowing those moves was Bobby Ryan criticizing Ducks management and suggesting that the Philadelphia Flyers would be a nice landing spot for him if he were to be moved.

Reports are that the Ducks are again fielding offers for the perennial 30-goal scorer, which has the winger fed up. The team also considered trading him last November before pulling him off the market.

"I take things personally," Ryan told the Camden (N.J.)-based Courier Post.

"Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately.

"Obviously, it's not the ideal situation," he continued. "When you get drafted, you want to win championships with that team and every time they look to add a piece to the puzzle, I'm the piece going the other way.

"I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don't care. Move me ... because it's just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you're going to be the guy moved."

In a conference call with reporters from the draft, Murray sounded miffed after getting wind of his winger's criticism. He has not received a trade request from Ryan or his representatives but might have to face by getting rid of an unhappy player.

"I'd just like to say I'm disappointed at this time by these comments," he said. "I intend to talk to Bobby personally when we get back from the draft and clear the air a little bit. And that's all I have to say at this present time."

Moving Visnovsky will save the Ducks $3 million in salary and erase a $5.6 million salary cap hit. Murray said he'll use the money toward filling that hole on defense, though it's unclear if he will take a run at Nashville's Ryan Suter, a pending top free agent.

If not Suter, the Ducks could also take a look at Florida's Jason Garrison, Philadelphia's Matt Carle, Washington's Dennis Wideman, New Jersey's Bryce Salvador or Boston's Joe Corvo, whom the Bruins already indicated they won't re-sign.
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