Per Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com, the Philadelphia Flyers were reportedly interested in dealing for Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan. But according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Ottawa Senators have beaten them to the punch:
ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun tweeted the details of the deal that includes winger Jakob Silfverberg, winger Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick:
And for further verification, Ryan himself tweeted a little message regarding his new home:
The 26-year-old is a tremendous replacement for Daniel Alfredsson, who left the Senators in free agency earlier on Friday, as reported by Helene St. James of USA Today. Ryan is fresh off a 30-point campaign in 46 games last season after tallying 57 and 71 points the previous two seasons, respectively.
Ryan is an exciting young replacement, and, carrying just a $5.1 million cap hit with two years left on his current contract, he’s also a very affordable option.
Anaheim got a handsome return for the star winger, though. Silfverberg and Noesen are high-upside players. In addition, Ottawa’s 2014 first-round draft pick could carry a lot of value if the Senators don’t improve upon their seventh-place performance of last season.
Silfverberg saw action in 48 games with the Senators last season, netting 10 goals in that span. The 22-year-old was arguably the biggest piece of the deal considering his potential to be a top-liner.
Despite a relatively pedestrian season in 2013, Ryan, the second pick in the 2005 draft, will add a great deal of firepower to Ottawa’s offense. The price was steep, but both teams seem to have come away with what they wanted in the deal.