I agree; Ryan is the only pickup I like the idea of.
I think that for the price we're likely to pay, pretty much everyone else available this year isn't a great value for this team. If Bryz recovers from his lousy first year, that'll provide a huge boost to the team anyway. If he doesn't, then we really need a commanding stay at home defenseman or a revised scheme in order to compensate. Neither of those needs would be satisfied via the majority of manes being mentioned at the moment.
Ryan is a solid top-6 forward, plus his being from the area provides some intangibles that I like. He's had a pretty good career so far on a very rocky team, and the Flyers have a couple of different ways that they could use him. I like the kid from the Ducks games that I've seen, and I think he has a good chance to make good with a change of scene.
Posted on Jul 3, 2012, 8:15 PM from IP address 184.108.40.206