Contrary to what some have speculated following the Flyers' trade of James van Riemsdyk to Toronto, Philadelphia remains very much active in pursuit of Anaheim's Bobby Ryan
. The Flyers still have the likes of forward Jakub Voracek
or defensemen Braydon Coburn
and Andrej Meszaros
to offer as a main piece in conjunction with other assets.
The acquisition of Luke Schenn yesterday enables Philadelphia to offer one of the aforementioned defensemen in a trade and then seek another in free agency come July 1. I am being told a proven but reasonably young defenseman is a must-have in any trade offer the Ducks will consider for Ryan
. The Visnovsky trade makes that a non-negotiable facet of a deal.
Understandably, Anaheim would prefer Coburn
(signed to a recent contract extension and coming off a real solid playoff run) to the more offensive-minded Meszaros (a year removed from winning the Flyers' annual Barry Ashbee Trophy for best defenseman but also coming off back surgery this past season).
Ryan threw the Ducks a curve this weekend by publicly demanding a trade and saying that Philadelphia is his top preference.
He's a native of nearby Cherry Hill, NJ, and his family has been close to members of the organization for years, especially Bob Clarke. As a result, Anaheim has lost some leverage in making a trade.
However, the Ducks are going to trade Ryan to whichever team gives them the best offer. It won't necessarily be Philly, but Toronto is out of the hunt now that they've traded for JVR.
I'll be back in a bit with a big update on UFAs. Stay tuned!!!!