As all the Shea Weber and Ryan Suter and Rick Nash talk has died down, the Flyers have become linked to Bobby Ryan.
Well, that sounds just fine to the New Jersey native who grew up a fan of the Orange and Black.
Said Ryan at a charity golf outing in Idaho today:
“I heard Anaheim was a little overwhelmed with offers and they only took four seriously, but none of the teams were mentioned to me other than Philly,” Ryan said. “Everybody wants to play in your hometown, but it would be tough because a lot of expectations come when you're put into a situation like that. For me, if I'm moved, Philadelphia would be a very ideal and comfortable place for me.”
The quote comes courtesy Flyers' writer Randy Miller of South Jersey's Courier-Post, who adds that the Flyers would be Ryan's first choice should he indeed be dealt.
So, at what cost Ryan?
Both Miller and Tim Panaccio have written today that the Flyers would be interested in offering a package center around James van Reimsdyk but that Anaheim would want more. Miller says it's Brayden Schenn they're after, while Panotch's source is saying it will take both JVR and either Schenner or last year's Flyers first round pick Sean Couturier.
As for other concerns over cost, Ryan is a plus-$5 million dollar hit and under contract for the next three seasons. JVR's new contract is set to kick in this season, a deal that will carry a $4.25 million figure against the cap over each of the next six seasons.
For more, check out Matt P.'s take from earlier today on the logistics of a potential Philly-Anaheim swap for Ryan.
Interested in Ryan? (If yes, what would you be willing to part with?)
Either way, he's certainly interested in you.
>>Ryan hopes to be traded to Flyers [Courier-Post]
>>LeBrun links Flyers to Bobby Ryan on eve of draft [T7L]
Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?
Well take a look at this.
How about now?
Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.
Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.
"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."
Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley.
Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.
"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy.
"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.
To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.
The Eagles have a serious depth problem at linebacker, and they're looking at a local prospect to try to fix it.
The team will sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry on Sunday, pending a physical, a league source told CSNPhilly.com. ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the deal.
Cherry, 21, first signed with the Bears after going undrafted in the spring, but was cut by Chicago in June.
The 6-1, 240-pound Cherry was an All-CAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his time on the Main Line, he was credited with 331 tackles, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Even with Cherry, the Eagles are still light in the depth department at linebacker. After starters Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, the team has Najee Goode, Deontae Skinner, seventh-rounder Joe Walker and a couple of other undrafted free agents.
After cutting wideout Jonathan Krause on Friday, the Eagles had three vacancies on their 90-man roster. They're filling another of those openings with former Alabama safety Nick Perry, according to a league source. The perry deal was first reported by Al.com's Matt Zenitz. The 6-1, 211-pound Perry spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted in 2015.
Eagles training camp kicks off Monday, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.