The Philadelphia Flyers didn’t make as big of a splash during the NHL draft as everyone thought they would. So that means that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is waiting to make big moves during free agency.
The Flyers have officially signed Mark Streit to a four-year deal for $21 million and they want to lock up Claude Giroux, so cap space is still going to be an issue for them. According to CapGeek, they only have $4,181,478 left in the cap space. Despite this, one of the names that have been floating around the rumor mill as a potential Flyers trade is for Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan.
So what would it take the Flyers to get a player of Ryan’s caliber?
Ryan will not be available as a free agent as he still has two more years left on his five-year contract with the Ducks. If they are willing to part with him, it would have to strictly be through a trade.
A possible trade would likely have Matt Read going with a draft pick. The Flyers have said that no one is safe, so Sean Couturier would likely also be on the table. The Flyers have rejected deals asking for Couturier so Holmgren might reject this type of offer again.
Is Ryan so elite that the Flyers would be willing to give up both Couturier and Read? Last year, I would say no. But this offseason, the Flyers might get desperate.
There is no official word on whether the Flyers are interested or even in talks regarding Ryan, but it wouldn’t be a bad idea for them to explore this as an option.