The Minnesota Wild sent shockwaves through the NHL today by announcing that they signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to 13-year deals. While the Philadelphia Flyers were not considered favorites for either player, they had made offers to both.
Now, with Parise and Suter locked up in Minnesota, many other pieces can start to fall into place. What potential moves could happen around Philadelphia now?
Unfortunately, with Parise and Suter going to the same team, the prices for Bobby Ryan and Rick Nash may get driven up with more teams now in need of a big acquisition. The Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers are two teams that have been linked to Nash, and the San Jose Sharks reportedly have an offer in for him as well.
While there has not been as much discussion about Bobby Ryan around the league, the young winger made headlines by saying he would welcome a trade to Philadelphia. The price tag on Ryan could go up now though, with a few teams who lost out on Parise potentially getting offers ready for Anaheim. And if Nash is traded soon, teams who lost out on him could get in on Ryan as well.
There is still a chance that one of these two star forwards ends up in Philadelphia, but it looks less and less likely every day.
Matt Carle's stock has gone up in the past week without the defenseman actually doing anything. With Suter's megadeal and Dennis Wideman getting way overpaid in Calgary (5 years $26.5M), Carle stands to get overpaid by a team who lost out on Suter, Wideman and Jason Garrison. Hopefully, Philadelphia is not the team that gives Carle $5 million a year.
The Flyers currently have a solid defense, with Kimmo Timonen, Niklas Grossmann, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, and newly acquired Luke Schenn giving them a solid top five defensemen. Erik Gustafsson, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Andreas Lilja give them good depth. Carle just is not needed, especially not at a high price tag.
With Jaromir Jagr signing with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia is in need of a veteran forward to add a little scoring and leadership up front. Shane Doan could fit that bill perfectly. At 35, he is a fantastic leader and could be counted on to score 20 goals in Philadelphia.
These rumors have swirled for the past week, and will only continue with Suter and Parise signing, but some real action should start to occur over the next few days. Don't be surprised if Philadelphia and GM Paul Holmgren are right there in the middle of it.