It’s a slow day for rumors from the mainstream media, so here’s a look at the latest kicking around the NHL blogosphere. Enjoy!
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely believes the Philadelphia Flyers are the front-runners for Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan.
RANT SPORTS: Stephanie Lewark suggests Ryan might be a good fit with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
BLEACHER REPORT: Kevin Schlittenhardt believes Ryan would be the right player for the New Jersey Devils to replace departed captain Zach Parise, and feels promising blueliner Adam Larsson would be enough to offer up to the Ducks to land him. Failing that, Schlittenhardt also suggest shopping defenseman Henrik Tallinder to the Edmonton Oilers for either Ales Hemsky or Jordan Eberle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers are certainly believed to have, or have had, interest in Ryan, but the asking price was reportedly Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn, whom GM Paul Holmgren won’t move. Ryan would certainly be a good fit with the Penguins, but I doubt they have the depth in rising young talent to entice the Ducks.
It would take more than Larsson, a promising young blueliner who played only five playoff games this spring, to land Ryan, an established young star. Tallinder for Hemsky? Maybe, if the Oilers feel they need help on defense and if Tallinder were available. Tallinder for Eberle? In your dreams!
KUKLA’S KORNER: George Malik offers up a thorough debunking of a Twitter-based rumor claiming the Detroit Red Wings were targeting Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle by offering up a package centered around forward Valtteri Filppula.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll only add that the Coyotes aren’t actively shopping Yandle. They were listening to offers during the entry draft weekend, but have decided to keep him.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claims the market for free agent defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo is picking up, claiming he’s heard Detroit, Dallas, Pittsburgh and one other team have “kicked the tires”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Colaiacovo is arguably the best defenseman still available in this summer’s free agent market, so I wouldn’t be surprised if interest in him has picked up. He’d be a worthwhile, affordable, short-term (one to two years) addition for teams seeking blueline depth.