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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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George Prax's picture

That quote from Ryan is rough. Sounds kind of childish too. I guess we've entered an era where players are going to dictate whether they're traded or not, and they're going to be willing to do it publicly.

Rob McGowan's picture

I was thinking the same thing at first. But at the same time I can imagine it being tough to go to work every day when you know you could be playing your last game each night you dress. Kinda like a regular job when you know you're going to be let go any day - you need to find a new job immediately. Granted, saying where he wants to go is a bit much because it's really not up to him, and I doubt the Ducks will do him any favors after making those public statements. But I can understand where he's coming from.

From an Islanders standpoint I sure as hell hope he doesn't join the Flyers.


I would be the same way. I would hate going to work everyday and the boss hating me and wondering if Iam going to get fired . The only reason why he wants to come to Philly is one why wouldn't you with the team we have and also he is a hometown boy from Jersey. He is not making a list of teams he play for like Suter or Prasie