The Sabres are still interested in making a deal for Bobby Ryan and were trying to put together an offer that would satisify both sides. A source close to Ryan confirmed to me today that Philadelphia also is interested and would be the more likely landing area for the Ducks' winger.
Ryan, 25, had 31 goals and 57 points after a miserable start amid trade rumors in Anaheim. Ryan would give the Sabres another scoring winger, and they certainly could use the injection of offense after struggling last season. He has three years remaining on his five-year deal worth $25.5 million.
The Ducks were reportedly speaking to many teams, including the Sabres, last season before keeping the winger. The source said talks have resumed with several teams on a list that includes Buffalo. Anaheim is looking for the highest bidder, but it could be down to the two teams.
Any deal with Buffalo would likely include Derek Roy, whom the Sabres have been shopping for the past two summers. Ryan doesn't have reservations about coming to Buffalo other than its need for a true playmaker. That would make Philly a better fit at this point.
The Flyers unloaded James van Riemsdyk in the trade with Toronto, leaving them in search of a bigger winger. Ryan played his youth hockey in South Jersey, just outside Philly. Ryan has grown comfortable in the West Coast but has made it clear he no longer wants to remain in the organization.
--- Bucky Gleason
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