The latest is that the Islanders contacted the Anaheim Ducks about the availability of Bobby Ryan. Apparently, the Islanders are not exactly close to acquiring the four-time 30-goal scorer, but it is exciting to be involved in the eye of the storm.
According to the WFAN columnist, B.D. Gallof, if the Islanders were going to make a move for a star-caliber player, he guesses their largest trade chips could include NHL players Michael Grabner, Frans Nielsen and Josh Bailey. They could also part with top prospects Ryan Strome, Nino Niederreiter, Matt Donovan or Calvin De Haan. Their first round pick for the 2013 NHL draft could be available as well.
Ryan is the kind of star-caliber player the Islanders have been craving for years.
Ryan is a very skilled forward and would be the perfect player to skate along-side John Tavares. Combining with Tavares, Ryan is pretty close to a lock to score 30 goals for the fifth time in his career and it wouldn't be a stretch to expect him to score 40 goals.
If it is true that the Flyers are willing to move him, it may be very hard to come up with an offer that will match that. Couturier got better as the season wore on and looked his best in the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
For the Islanders, I would assume that at the very least they would need to offer Bailey, Niederreiter and De Haan and that still might not be enough to get a deal done. As the time ticks, we can only hope for some good news.
Christopher Benini is a New York Islanders Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be followed here.
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