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The Philadelphia Flyers have had a bit of a roller coaster of a season so far.
The team has already experienced many highs and many lows, but through it all, they have been able to stay atop the standings in the Eastern Conference.
The Flyers have been hit pretty hard with the injury bug as of late, with Chris Pronger and Andreas Lilja going on IR, and Jagr still nursing that nagging groin injury. With these players missing, the Flyers have had to call up more rookies, which hasn't exactly worked out extremely well for them.
Don't get me wrong—I think most of them have done a tremendous job, but some of these guys just aren't built or ready for NHL action just yet.
Which brings us to the point of this article.
The most logical move for Philadelphia would be to attempt to grab a defenseman via trade, seeing as how they are very thin on the blue line as of right now. However, there has been a name that has come up in recent weeks that just won't seem to go away.
Who might that be? Bobby Ryan.
The Ducks are currently in a nosedive, headed straight to being one of the worst teams in the league right now. Anaheim has been involved in many trade rumors lately, mostly because of their record, but one thing is for sure—the Ducks are looking to shake things up, and they need to do something fast.
Would you like to see Bobby Ryan traded to Philly?
The Ducks have already gone public saying that they are not looking to trade their star forward, but they might not have much of a choice unless they choose not to make any move at all.
So, why would the Flyers be interested in a forward when they clearly need a defenseman right now?
Well, lets think about it for a second.
Bobby Ryan is somebody every team would love to add to their team. He's a tremendous hockey player.
He can score goals, set up beautiful plays, and he plays with lots of heart. He's only 24, so he has plenty of upside, and he's a guy who could really help a struggling team out.
Yes, the Flyers are thin on the blue line right now, but Philly has always loved Bobby Ryan, and Bobby Ryan has always loved Philly. For those who don't know, Bobby grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ—not far at all from Philadelphia.
The Flyers would love to bring Ryan aboard to their already-dominant core of forwards. That being said, it won't be easy to move Bobby, as he has a contract that pays him $5,100,000 a year until the 2015-2016 season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent.
So you're thinking, "How the heck could the Flyers possibly add that kind of salary to their payroll? Aren't they already up against the cap?"
Technically, yes. But with Chris Pronger and Andreas Lilja on IR, the Flyers have opened up a significant amount of cap space—somewhere in the area of $4 million.
Philadelphia also placed Andreas Nodl on waivers on Monday. Nodl was claimed off of waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, which opens up even more space for Philadelphia.
Here's my proposal.
Scott Hartnell, Sergei Bobrovsky and a second-round pick for Bobby Ryan.
The Ducks would get a gritty, hard-nosed player, as well as Bobrovsky, who is more than capable of holding his own between the pipes, which might look good to the Ducks with Hiller struggling as of late.
The second-round pick is a bit of a deal-sweetener, but I'm sure Anaheim would want either a pick or prospect.
The Flyers would receive an All-Star forward who would make Philadelphia's offense look scary, and they would free up almost $6 million in cap space—more than enough to fit Bobby under the cap and have room to spare.
This deal might be nothing but a fantasy, but things are certainly heating up.
Take this for what it's worth, but as I write this, Eklund from hockeybuzz.com is reporting that Columbus, Toronto, Minnesota and Philadelphia would all love a shot at Bobby Ryan, and the Ducks might not wait much longer to pull the trigger.
What say you, Philly fans? Ducks fans? How do you feel about this?