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.
WASHINGTON -- Sidney Crosby scored two goals in 52 seconds, Nick Bonino had the winner in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.
In a high-profile showdown of Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, Washington's captain also scored and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the goal that tied it in the third. But Marc-Andre Fleury made 15 of his 32 saves in the third period to help Pittsburgh to the win.
Crosby was a threat to score just about every time he touched the puck. He beat Braden Holtby with his first two shots of the second period.
Holtby stopped 18 of the 21 shots he faced but allowed Bonino's goal with 7:24 left.
Game 2 is Saturday night (see full recap).
Karlsson helps Senators edge Rangers 2-1 in Game 1
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Erik Karlsson scored on a bad-angle shot with 4:11 left in the third period, sending the Ottawa Senators to a 2-1 victory over the New York Rangers in the opener of their second-round playoff series on Thursday night.
The Senators captain beat fellow Swede Henrik Lundqvist from just above the goal line. The shot pinged off Rangers center Derek Stepan before going into the net.
It was Karlsson's first goal and seventh point of the playoffs. The 26-year-old defenseman, who has been playing with a foot injury, also logged more than 28 minutes in the win.
Game 2 is Saturday.
Ryan McDonagh scored for New York, and Lundqvist finished with 41 saves.
Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa, which eliminated Boston in six games in the first round (see full recap).
It’s official now.
The Flyers signed Russian forward Mikhail Vorobyov to an entry-level contract and announced it Thursday afternoon two days after it had been reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports in Canada.
Vorobyov is the Flyers' fourth-round pick (104th overall) from the 2015 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound center from Ufa, Russia, played this past season in the KHL with Salavat Yulaev and had 11 points (three goals) in 44 games.
The 20-year-old is expected to play for the Phantoms next fall.
Vorobyov played for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championships, where his country won the bronze medal. He had 10 assists in seven games. That tied him for third in overall team scoring.
Vorobyov recorded points in six of the seven games. He also added a shootout goal in the semifinals against the United States.