This off-season has been one filled with rumors and speculations surrounding some of the NHL's biggest stars. Right before the NHL Draft, in an interview with Randy Miller of the Courier Post, Bobby Ryan, Ducks right winger, asked to be traded.
"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."
Later in the interview Ryan says that the Ducks, mentioned to him that they were considering an offer for him from Philadelphia. Ryan grew up in New Jersey as a Flyers fan and had this to say about potentially playing for the Orange and Black.
“Everybody wants to play in your hometown, but it would be tough because a lot of expectations come when you're put into a situation like that. For me, if I'm moved, Philadelphia would be a very ideal and comfortable place for me.”
Now, back to present day: Ryan is still a Duck. After Parise and Suter signed with the Wild and Nash Was traded to the Rangers, Ryan is believed to be the biggest fish still on the market. But Ryan's price is reportedly very steep.
According to multiple sources inside the league, the Ducks are asking for two NHL starters, a top prospect and a pick. This would be a lot for one team to give up for one player, considering Rick Nash, a more experienced player with a higher cap hit, was traded to the Rangers for a much lower price than that of Bobby Ryan. The reason for this, is that the Ducks are willing to keep Ryan for the 2012-2013 season and the Blue Jackets had no choice but to trade Nash before the start of the season.
So the question that remains is: Who is willing to pay a kings ransom for Bobby Ryan? The two teams believed to be the front runners right now are the Sabres and the Flyers, with the Bruins and Penguins believed to be the dark horses.
Both the Sabres and the Flyers submitted their offers to the Ducks, and they were both countered. The Ducks reportedly are asking for a package centered around Vanek from the Sabres and a package centered around Voracek or Simmonds from the Flyers.
In the end, I do believe that Ryan will be traded and I see him playing the Flyers. Though the Ducks want Vanek the most I don't see the Sabres dealing him. The Ducks are interested in multiple Flyers players and, more than likely, the Flyers will be willing to part with one of them.
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