So far this offseason the Flyers have been working the phones more on trades than on free agents. The Flyers big move so far was the shipping out of JVR to Toronto in return for the other Schenn, but the Flyers name has been floating around the trade rumor mill all offseason. Trade talks first heated up with the Rick Nash rumors, but Columbus proved to asking for a kings ransom and it hasn’t panned out. The problem for Columbus is that no trade for Rick Nash has panned out and I believe that eventually Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is going to have to lower his asking price as nobody is biting. The Flyers involvement in a possible deal for Nash will all depend on Howson’s asking price as Homer is most likely still trying to add a scoring winger. Speaking of scoring wingers the Flyers also were rumored to be heavily pursuing Bobby Ryan. In fact a deal was even reached and then changed multiple times at the draft. Homer was less then thrilled about this according to reporters there and as of now it looks like we have bailed on the whole idea. Rumors of Ottawa jumping into the mix heavily have come out today.
The Flyers still may pursue Ryan or others, but it looks like another blockbuster like the JVR trade is highly unlikely. The reason being because it seems that every package proposed to us involves us giving up Couturier or Schenn and Homer is smartly rejecting them. Bobby Ryan nor Rick Nash are worth giving up young raw talent like Schenn or Couturier. I believe the Ducks will stand pat on Ryan and ask for a kings ransom until they get it, but Howson on the other hand feels the pressure. Howson has made some serious miscalculations as the Blue Jackets GM and this situation is no exception. Howson should have traded Nash immediately rather than allowing it to drag on because other GMs now know that Nash actually wants out of Columbus so this gives other teams the upper hand in the negotiations. This is why he has not been traded yet. Howson wants the value that Nash had when the rumors first circulated that he was going to be shopped. The only time he will have value anywhere near that is at the trade deadline next season. I could actually see Howson waiting until then to trade him. He desperately does not want to mess this up. His job may depend on it.
As for future trades this offseason for the Flyers there may not be one. I think if the asking price lowers or changes for Ryan or Nash Homer will be all over that, but that seems unlikely to me. Homer will not bend over backwards to make another deal and does not want to rock the roster like he did last offseason. You just can’t have that much turnover every season without losing chemistry and lacking to build it. I think Homer has done a valiant job this offseason as he made just enough moves and I could only foresee one more and it is not trade involved. That would be the signing of Shane Doan. His decision comes down July 9 as to if he will stay in the desert or test free agency. More on this tomorrow…
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