NHL Trade Rumours: Philadelphia Flyers Must Be Cautious Trading for Bobby Ryan

Jon Reid@@JonReidCSMCorrespondent IIJune 28, 2013

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 12:  Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks waits to face off against the Detroit Red Wings in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on May 12, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Here we go again. More NHL trade rumors linking the Philadelphia Flyers and Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan.

The most recent rumblings come from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philadelphia.

According to Panaccio, a few sources have indicated that the Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan and, once again, the Flyers are interested in the winger's services.

While there is no denying that Ryan would boost an already deep and talented group of forwards in Philadelphia, the Flyers must approach this kind of deal with caution.


Well, Panaccio mentions one scenario where the Flyers would have to part with Braydon Coburn and their 11th overall selection in this year's NHL entry draft, which happens to be considered a very strong one.

That kind of deal could really come back to bite the Flyers.

For starters, it would weaken their blue line, an area on the ice they need to upgrade.

Secondly, it would also eliminate their chance to replace Coburn with a young and very talented defenseman on June 30 (draft day).

At No. 11, the Flyers could conceivably be in a great position to draft one of the top defensemen in this draft, with Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen and Darnell Nurse all being projected to go off the board in that part of the draft.

That seems a bit overboard for a team that is stocked well in terms of young, offensive talent—the team does already have Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read and Jakub Voracek.

With Couturier and Schenn seen as untouchable, according to Sarah Baicker of CSN Philadelphia, the Flyers don't really need  Bobby Ryan:

Holmgren says he still sees Couturier and B. Schenn as untouchable. #FlyersTalk

— Sarah Baicker (@sbaickerCSN) June 26, 2013

Does this mean, however, that the Flyers shouldn't pursue Bobby Ryan?

Of course not.

The Flyers should just look to modify the deal to ensure that their defensive core doesn't take yet another hit.

For instance, why not replace Braydon Coburn with Matt Read?

That way the team's defense isn't diminished and they trade from an area of strength (young forwards). The Ducks may still go for this kind of deal, as it would net them a young roster player as well as a quality first-round draft selection this year.

For those worried about the added cap space, keep in mind that the team may need to place Andrej Meszaros on the long-term injured reserve (LTIR), along with Chris Pronger, which would free up another $4 million.

Alternatively, the Flyers could offer Coburn and Read and keep their pick.

Then they'd not only add Ryan and have their pick to add a quality young defenseman to their farm system, but they'd also add a bit more cap space, which could come in handy when trying to re-sign the trio of Giroux, Schenn and Couturier next season.

While trading for Bobby Ryan could still be a smart move for Philadelphia, it could also really hurt them. Finding the right deal and convincing the Ducks to play ball is essential.