Found July 26, 2012 on centericechat.com:
Phoenix_coyotes_v_40b6


The Philadelphia Flyers have taken many swings that have all resulted in misses in landing some of the marquee free agents this offseason, with Shea Weber being just the latest. The Flyers were a bit taken back when the Nashville Predators matched the 14 year/$110 million offer sheet that the Flyers gave to Weber last week.

And with the aftermath of missing out on yet another big name to add to their team, the Flyers have said that they will no longer be going after any of the top remaining free agents, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. It is unknown as to whether Holmgren just means on the blue line, which would eliminate players such as P.K. Subban, or if he means top free agents at any position, which would mean not going after Shane Doan or Alexander Semin or any of the top goal scorers available.

But that does not mean that Holmgren will not pursue a trade for one of the top players still said to be on the market. Rick Nash may have already been traded to the New York Rangers, but the Flyers will now shift their focus to acquiring a player who has already publicly stated that his ideal wish would be to play for Philadelphia.

That could only mean Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks forward has continued to express his unhappiness in Anaheim, and he has also said that he would love to play for the Flyers, as he is from a town in New Jersey not too far from Philadelphia. Ryan has more or less told the Ducks that he would accept a trade to almost any team at this point, but the Fllyers remain his ideal landing spot.

With that being said, does that mean that Holmgren should do everything possible to trade for Ryan, who has scored 30 or more goals in each of the past four seasons, and is still just 25 years of age?

The answer should be a resounding yes.

Ryan tallied 57 points for the Ducks last season, and the asking price to acquire him is still reportedly high. But then again, the Columbus Blue Jackets had an extremely high asking price for Nash in the beginning, but the Rangers waited them out and did not have to give up any of the three top players that the Blue Jackets had asked for originally.

So, could the Ducks just wait them out, hoping that the price will go down?

The answer may also be yes, but with the Flyers having already missed out on Weber and Nash, along with Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, they may need to ramp up their efforts to acquire Ryan prior to next season.

That is, provided we have a next season.

 

Share

1 Comment:
  • I think next year FA crop is better with Perry, Getslef the D-man from the Canucks etc I would love to get Ryan, how-ever not for Scheen pr Courtier they need to stay put. Hopefully Homer can work out a deal however I wouldn't compromise our youth movement
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Is today the day? Will the Predators make a decision on Weber?

Will today be the day that the hockey world hears something — anything — out of the Nashville Predators regarding their captain Shea Weber and the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers last week?General Manager David Poile and the Preds have until tomorrow night at 11:59pm to make a decision. They can either match the offer, thereby keeping...

The 303:30 – the Weber, Trotz conference call and reaction with Jesse Spector

In this episode of The 303:30, presented by Brewhouse South, you can hear Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz and Shea Weber talk about the offer sheet, the matching of the offer sheet and the process as a whole.We also spend some time with Jesse Spector of Sporting News. We get his reaction to how the Preds handled the offer sheet situation and, of course, the future...

The Nashville Predators Match Offer Sheet to Captain Shea Weber

Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2012) – In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators’...

Press release: Predators match offer sheet to captain Shea Weber

Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2012) –In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber, insuring that the Predators’...

Preds officially match Weber’s offer sheet

The Predators have officially matched the 14-year offer sheet Shea Weber had signed with Philadelphia...

Tension between Preds, Weber 'just business'

The message from both Nashville Predators management and from captain Shea Weber himself struck the same theme and seemed sincere: All is well that ends well. Never mind the acrimony that emanated from Webers camp from the time he signed a 14-year, 110-million offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers until Tuesday afternoon roughly 33 hours before the Predators deadline to match...

Some Shea Weber Numbers

from Jamie McGee of the Nashville Business Journal, The Nashville Predators kept their star defenseman Shea Weber Tuesday by matching one of the NHL’s most lucrative offers. As Nashville rallies around the team’s decision to hold on to its captain, consider these other figures for context: $110 million: Salary Weber will make over 14 years. Also the amount of cash held by President...

Predators match 14-year, $110 million offer for Shea Weber

The Nashville Predators have matched Philadelphia's 14-year, $110 million offer for defenseman Shea Weber, as announced by Nashville's official team site. The move ensures that Weber will remain with Nashville for the next 14 seasons, barring any sort of trade.  It appeared that Philadelphia had all but priced Nashville out for Shea Weber but today's news signals that...

Back to business as usual in Smashville, Predators geared up for another run at the Cup

With Shea Weber wrapped up as team captain for the next fourteen years, and Pekka Rinne behind him for half that time, the Nashville Predators appear set for another season where they realistically have a shot at the Stanley Cup.All the gnashing of teeth that has been ongoing since the Preds beat the Red Wings in five games in April appears to have abruptly come to an end on Tuesday...

A seminal moment for Nashville

Words can’t describe how important retaining Shea Weber is for the Predators’ franchise...

Smashville On The Glass podcast – Preds CEO Jeff Cogen featured

Predators CEO Jeff Cogen and USA Today's Kevin Allen joined us to discuss the team's decision to hold on to Shea Weber...

Report- Flyers And Predators Have Not Talked Trade

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull, Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the Flyers and Nashville Predators have NOT had any trade talks since star defenseman Shea Weber signed a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet last Wednesday. That would seem to suggest that Nashville plans to match the Flyers’ offer. Either that, or the Predators are delaying trade...

Watch: David Poile and Tom Cigarran Press Conference on Weber

Can't make it to the event? Watch the press conference of GM, David Poile, and chairman, Tom Cigarran, discuss the Shea Weber contract.

Is it really shrewdness when you don't have a choice?

Heading up to Wednesday's offer-sheet matching deadline, hockey pundits from TSN to some guy in his mom's basement were all crying the same thing: "David Poile has no choice! He must match the Flyers' offer sheet to Shea Weber! The Predators can't lose both of their top defensemen in one off-season!" It was a gimmie. A "no duh" signing, if you...
NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.