Cherry Hill’s Bobby Ryan always wanted to play with the Flyers.
Maybe his chance comes this summer.
Two NHL sources not associated with the Flyers tell CSNPhilly.com that the Anaheim Ducks are quietly shopping Ryan a week before the NHL draft in Newark, N.J., and that the Flyers are keenly interested.
Among the scenarios that have been discussed is the Flyers moving defenseman Braydon Coburn and their 11th overall pick in the draft.
“Still a lot to be worked out,” said one source.
Ryan has two years left on his contract with a $5.1 million cap hit.
Obviously, the Flyers would be helping themselves with a scoring winger, but they would also be creating another hole on their already depleted defensive corps.
Also, giving up their first-round pick seems a bit much given how deep the NHL draft is this season and when the Flyers are in desperate need of defensive help.
Then again, the franchise has talked on and off about the 26-year-old left wing for several years.
A Flyers source, who did not know of the trade discussions, said that the organization has long coveted Ryan going back to the days when Bob Clarke was the general manager.
“If Bobby Ryan is being moved it will happen next week at the draft,” he said.
Ryan is a four-time 30-plus goal scorer, something the Flyers would love to get their hands on.
The Flyers unofficially added Mark Streit this week on defense, but can ill afford to lose a player who logs nearly 23 minutes a night in ice time … unless general manager Paul Holmgren has someone else in mind to replace Coburn.
Also, Flyers sources confirmed that Danny Briere has been informed he will be given a compliance buyout 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final. Briere had no comment, but he could be a nice fit with Washington Capitals or perhaps the New York Rangers if they elect to buy out Brad Richards.