Bobby Ryan Trade Rumors: Disgruntled Winger Wants To Play For Flyers
Around this time of year, speculation runs rampant as rumors and insinuations generate the majority of hockey discussions.
Few and far between are the moments when pure, unfiltered opinions are uttered that lack any kind of ulterior motive or illusion.
That is until Bobby Ryan becomes involved.
Late Friday night, Randy Miller of the Courier-Post had a chance to talk to Ryan about the rumors that have surfaced since Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray reportedly put Ryan back on the trading block.
Ryan was unbelievably candid with Miller and made his feelings unmistakably clear.
Via the Courier-Post:
“I take things personally,” Ryan said. “Anaheim to me has been a team over the past year that really has shown me nothing to prove that they want me here, unfortunately. Obviously, it's not the ideal situation. When you get drafted, you want to win championships with that team and every time they look to add a piece to the puzzle, I'm the piece going the other way.
“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.”
Shortly after the comments came out, Murray stated that he was disappointed with Ryan's comments and planned on talking to him when he returns to Anaheim following the draft. However, the damage may have already been done.
Ryan was reportedly put on the trading block way back at the beginning of the 2011-12 season when the Ducks got off to a painfully slow start.
After the team turned it around, they took the 25-year old off the market and made a push for the playoffs.
Now, it seems he is back on the block and it’s clear that if the Cherry Hill native is to be moved, there is one place he’d like to be.
“For me, if I'm moved, Philadelphia would be a very ideal and comfortable place for me.”
The feeling is mutual with the Flyers organization, as Ryan has been a player that the franchise has coveted for years.
Ryan’s father Bob is close friends and workout partners with Flyers legend Bobby Clarke and compounded with the prospects of pairing him with Claude Giroux, it would be a perfect situation for all to bring Ryan into the fold.
The only problem at this point seems to be the asking price from the Ducks.
According to reports, Murray is requesting that any trade involving Ryan would have to include Brayden Schenn, which the Flyers don’t want to do; they want to put together a package that centers around James van Riemsdyk.
Whatever the case may be, it seems as though if any deal between the Flyers and Ducks was to take place, it won’t be happening this weekend because the teams no longer have first-round draft picks to barter. A more realistic assumption is that these talks will continue until after free agency starts on July 1, with each side waiting for the other side to flinch first.
However, as has been displayed in the past, anything is possible and a move could come when no one expects it.
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