After a wild end to the Stanley Cup Final and the lockout-shortened season, the NHL offseason has started, and the rumors surrounding potential trades has the hockey world at a fever pitch.
Add in the fact that the draft is less than a week away (Sunday, June 30), and huge names like Toronto Maple Leafs' defender Dion Phaneuf and Vancouver Canucks' goalie Roberto Luongo are reportedly on the trade block.
All of the following players could potentially be on the move this offseason if these rumors come to fruition.
Dion Phaneuf On His Way Out of Toronto?
After the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired goaltender Jonathan Bernier from the Los Angeles Kings, per Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star, the talk that the franchise is not making deals has only increased as general manager Dave Nonis continued to leave all possibilities on the table.
That includes possibly dealing captain and defensive stalwart Dion Phanuef, according to TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger:
Some rumblings Phaneuf may be in play. Nonis says he will trade just about anyone, but says no one has called on the captain...yet. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 23, 2013
While on the surface a trade involving an asset like Phanuef is not the smart long-term move for the Maple Leafs, moving the defender now may be Toronto’s best option.
Phanuef makes a massive $6.5 million per season, and with just one year left on his current deal before he becomes an unrestricted free agent, trading the captain and freeing up the cap space would help the franchise acquire more depth.
Vancouver Still Trying to Deal Roberto Luongo?
Despite losing the team that was most interested in a potential trade for veteran Roberto Luongo when the Maple Leafs made their deal for Bernier, the Vancouver Canucks are still reportedly confident the franchise can deal the goalie this offseason, according to Dreger:
Canucks are still confident they will be able to trade Luongo. The Bernier trade takes the Leafs out of the mix.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 23, 2013
There isn’t a scout in the NHL that will tell their team Luongo isn’t a viable No. 1 goalie, but no matter how much talent the star netminder has, it’s the nine years left on the 12-year deal worth $5.33 million per season that has scared every franchise away thus far.
Luongo only started 18 games last year for Vancouver, amassing nine wins, a goals against average of 2.56, a save percentage of .907 and two shutouts.
With a long history of being a top-tier goaltender, at least one team will look to trade for Luongo as the asking price drops.
Philadelphia Interested in Trading For Bobby Ryan?
The Anaheim Ducks have already signed Ryan Getzlaf to a monster eight-year deal in excess of $65 million and look to be on the same contract path with Corey Perry.
That leaves Bobby Ryan on the outside without a pricey contract.
There is little doubt that many teams across the league will show interest in a talented young player like Ryan if he is put on the trade block, and the Flyers look to be making the hardest push for the winger, per CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio:
Two NHL sources not associated with the Flyers tell CSNPhilly.com that the Anaheim Ducks are quietly shopping Ryan a week before the NHL draft in Newark, N.J., and that the Flyers are keenly interested. Among the scenarios that have been discussed is the Flyers moving defenseman Braydon Coburn and their 11th overall pick in the draft.
The Flyers need serious talent and depth at the forward positions, and with an abundance of high-priced defenders and several picks in the 2013 draft, a possible deal could come to fruition as soon as this week.