Originally written July 02, 2012 on Queen City Sports:
photo by Getty Images It’s been one of the most talked about rumors in the NHL over the last week and a half  – the Buffalo Sabres are trying to acquire Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks. But when the team announced that they traded Derek Roy to the Dallas Stars for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy, most assumed that the chances of that deal happening were slim to none. However, that isn’t the case. After talking with multiple sources, I can confirm that Roy would not have been the center piece going from Buffalo to Anaheim if a deal got done, thus giving the Sabres the ability to move him without jeopardizing their chances of getting the four time 30-goal scorer. The fact of the matter is Anaheim never really was interested in Roy except for the fact that he has an expiring contract. After talking to a few people some more, I found out more information on the potential blockbuster. As of now, it is widely believed that Philadelphia is still the front runner for the American, but Buffalo is a close second. The Ducks really like Tyler Ennis, who Buffalo is adamant on not moving.  Anaheim also likes current roster members Drew Stafford, Marcus Foligno, and Andrej Sekera which could be more likely. Lastly, the Ducks would like a combination of top prospects Luke Adam, Joel Armia, and Mark Pysyk. If the Sabres won’t throw the Ducks one of their top prospects, then they would require multiple first and second round picks. The likely-hood of a deal happening before Zach Parise signs is null which could cause the Sabres to bow out and move on to someone else, but until then I wouldn’t count them out of it if I were you.      

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