Bobby Ryan Summer Rumor Mill; Vinny Buyout?
JUNE 19, 2013 — A look at a couple of veteran players who could move this Summer:
SUMMER RERUN: BOBBY RYAN RUMOR MILL
It’s summer, so it must be time for more rumors regarding the potential trade of Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan.
The object of the rumors once again, as it was last year, are the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers are poised to buyout the contracts of forward Daniel Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. They recently paid big bucks for offensive defenseman Mark Streit, formerly of the Islanders.
Ryan scored 30 or more goals in each of the four seasons prior to the shortened 2013 campaign, during which he managed 11 goals and 30 points in 46 games. Ryan’s shots per game dipped to a career-low 2.19 per game last season after recording shots-per-game averages of 2.48, 3.29, 3.18 and 2.71 during Ryan’s four consecutive 30-goal seasons.
In return, the rumor mill spins toward the Flyers sending 28-year-old defenseman Braydon Coburn to the Ducks. Coburn recorded career-worst -10 last season and it seems that the Flyers would have to up the ante (Matt Read?).
As for Anaheim, the emergence of Emerson Etem, easily one of the speediest Ducks in club history, is giving the Ducks options at the top line left wing position. What’s more, Etem shoots left, while Ryan shoots right.
It could be much ado about nothing. As a high-scoring wing, Ryan will face the rumor mill every season.
Vincent Lecavalier admitted that a buyout may be on the horizon, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“It’s obviously something you think about,” Lecavalier told the Tampa Bay Times. “At the same time, there’s nothing I can do about it.”
The 33-year-old Lecavalier’s deal runs through 2019-20. At $7.7M per annum, GM Steve Yzerman may cut bait, many speculate.
“We understand this is a difficult contract,” said Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes. “There’s nothing we can do to change that on our end given the restrictions incorporated into the collective bargaining agreement.”
The $30M remaining on Lecavalier’s deal would be paid out over the next 14 years, should he be bought out.