The 2013 Stanley Cup Finals have yet to come to an end, but we’re already hearing plenty of rumors begin to float around. Some of those rumors are trade related, a few of which involve big names that could end up finding new homes by the time the night of the draft rolls around.
One player that figures to be hot and heavy in those rumors is Bobby Ryan. The Anaheim Ducks forward heard his name out on the rumor circuit a good deal last summer, but with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry now locked up, Ryan could find himself as the odd man out.
While one would imagine that the Ducks would want to keep Ryan around, giving them a trio of elite forwards up front, it’s not as simple as that. Both Getzlaf and Perry just signed contract extensions that will pay them over $8 million a year over the next several years. Ryan might not seek a raise that high when his contract is up after the 2014-15 season, but it’d be tough for them to afford all three.
Prior to this lockout shortened 2013 season, Ryan had posted four consecutive seasons of at least 30 goals. There are teams out there that would pay top dollar for scoring prowess like that. We already know one team that would, as the Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly already looked into trying to acquire the local product to add to their forward ranks.
The Ducks aren’t in a position where they have to deal Ryan, not by any stretch. But on a thin free agent market, they could get back quite the haul for him. The Flyers are an organization with plenty of young talent, including the likes of Sean Couturier and Matt Read.
Given the eventual price tag he’ll carry, and the free agent market this year, it would benefit the Ducks to trade him now, rather than wait a year. The Ducks can maximize that value and potentially get a team to overpay. The Ducks may not deal him this summer, but it would make a whole lot of sense if they did.