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Making Sense of Bobby Ryan to Flyers Rumors

The Philadelphia Flyers denied reports this morning that they were in talks to acquire Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, but that’s exactly what they’re doing according to CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio.

Coburn, a possible linemate for Streit (via SPOKEO)

According to the Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi, however, the Flyers and Ducks are not discussing a Ryan trade. Weird? Yeah. Unexpected? No. Flyers sources/reports conflict more often than ESPN mentions Tim Tebow.

Ryan to the Flyers would make some sense. A Cherry Hill native, Ryan has always wanted to be a Flyer and might be encouraging Anaheim management. In addition, the Flyers are looking to possibly deal one of their young forwards to acquire a goalie (Read for Bernier?) in addition to buying out Danny Briere, so Ryan would be a luxury replacement.

Panaccio’s report mentioned giving up Braydon Coburn and an 11th, which, however, would make little sense. Coburn is a time-eater who is one of the most physical, defensively-minded blue liners on the roster, and trading him would make the acquisition of puck-moving power-play specialist Mark Streit even more confusing. In addition, this draft is deep with defensemen and giving up the pick for another scoring winger would leave people scratching their heads, wondering how GM Paul Holmgren plans on fixing the team’s biggest weakness from last season, the defense.

In conclusion, don’t put too much faith in Panaccio’s report. The Flyers may be “interested,” but it is likely Holmgren just doing his due dilligence to see what Ryan might be worth after a down year in Anaheim. If the cost is Coburn plus the 11th pick, the likely response to Anaheim is “no.”

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Categories: Beat Writing, Flyers

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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