Could Bobby Ryan be dealt soon? Will he go to the Flyers? Rangers? Sabres? Read on for the latest.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli yesterday reported on the speculation the Flyers might be interested in Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan, suggesting the Flyers couldn’t acquire him without moving significant salary to absorb his $5.1 million per season salary, pointing out the Flyers need defense, not offense, right now.
CSNPHILLY.COM: John Boruk last night reported he’d been tipped to a possible trade of Ryan a week ago, with a source suggesting a deal could be completed by the end of this week, citing the NY Rangers as – for now – the frontrunners.
NEW YORK POST: reported on the possibility the Rangers could be among the teams Ryan might be dealt to, noting “the Rangers consider Ryan Callahan, Derek Stepan, Marc Staal (who has begun skating on his own), Dan Girardi, Ryan McDonagh and Michael Sauer to be untouchables within the organization regarding this particular scenario.” The Post’s Larry Brooks last night “tweeted” if Ryan were dealt last night, he wouldn’t be going to New York.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reported Sabres GM Darcy Regier declined to comment on reports he’s spoken with Ducks GM Bob Murray earlier in the week, dismissing rumors “as just that: rumors”. The Ducks are reportedly believed to have interest in Sabres winger Drew Stafford, plus are looking at adding a top-four defenseman. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, whom the Edmonton Journal recently claimed “wouldn’t mind a trade”, perhaps to a California-based club to be closer to his actress wife, laughed off the report, saying he’s never spoken to anyone about his status with the Sabres.
NEW YORK TIMES: Chris Botta listed the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens and Carolina Hurricanes among the teams believed to have interest in Ryan. Botta also took to Twitter last night to report, “It may not lead to a Bobby Ryan deal, but I can confirm the Ducks and Sabres are discussing a possible trade.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I could get into a lengthy spiel here looking at each team and whether or not they have what it takes to land Ryan, but all of these reports were made before the news of the Ducks sacking their coaching staff and hiring former Capitals bench boss Bruce Boudreau. That, I believe, could put a damper on the Ryan trade talk – or of any other Duck being dealt – for a while.