While contract negotiations between Bobby Ryan and the Anaheim Ducks seemed to have stalled, the former second overall pick wants to make one thing clear: he wants to stay in Anaheim.
Ryan told the Orange County Register that he's right where he wants to be and he wants things to work out.
''I don't want a trade,'' Ryan told the Register. ''I'm not asking for a trade. I want to be here in Anaheim. This is where I want to be.
''If it comes to a situation where there's heads butting, then I guess it would be best. But I am not looking for a trade. I have no intentions of being traded. I love it here and want to remain a Duck.''
The Ducks have reportedly offered Ryan four- and five-year deals worth over $4.5 million per season but the restricted free agent would rather not commit to more than three years.
However, Ryan is confident something will get done before training camp next month.
''I don't want people to think I'm holding out or I'm going to hold out,'' he said. ''That's not the case. We're just trying to find something that works for both sides right now.''
Ducks general manager Bob Murray has made it clear that he will match any offer sheet that is tendered by any other NHL team.