The offseason is filled with plenty of news, speculation, absurd rumors, and hyperbole. So, we at Flyers Faithful have decided to take our best shot at deciphering some of the things that you’ve heard recently.
News: This was a great pick by the Flyers! He’s an absolute steal with a lot of upside and projects to be a Mike Richards-type player.
What it sounds like: Holy crap, we traded Mike Richards for Mike Richards last year and drafted another Mike Richards this year!
What it really means: The kid plays two-way hockey and probably scored a nice shorthanded goal when he was fifteen and has been compared to Mike Richards ever since.
News: The Flyers have over $11 million in cap space.
What it sounds like: The Flyers will land Ryan Suter and Zach Parise!
What it really means: After re-signing the pending free agents and adding a backup goalie, there won’t be much money left.
News: No, James, you don’t have to worry about a trade.
What it sounds like: You’re not getting traded, JvR.
What it really means: James, I would never ask you to shop yourself around and find a suitable trade. I’m the GM and that’s my job. Thanks for offering, though.
News: The Flyers traded James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn.
What it sounds like: Clearly, that means the Flyers are now frontrunners for Zach Parise.
What it really means: That trade cleared a whopping $650k in cap space, opened up a spot for a player like Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier to move up the depth chart, and gave the team a little more flexibility to re-sign players.
News: The Flyers have interest in Rick Nash/Bobby Ryan/Ryan Suter/Keith Yandle/every other big-name player on the market.
What it sounds like: The Flyers are going to land a big free agent this offseason.
What it really means: The Flyers will always be linked to any marquee player who is being shopped or is about to hit free agency. With JvR out of the picture, there’s no way the Flyers would be able to land any of these players via trade without moving either (if not both) Schenn or Couturier.
News: Bobby Ryan wants to be traded to Philadelphia.
What it sounds like: Bobby Ryan is coming to Philadelphia! Finally!!!!
What it really means: Bobby Ryan isn’t a GM and can’t orchestrate a trade himself. If he does get traded to Philadelphia, you’ll be unhappy about what the Flyers gave up to get him.
News: I’m sorry, I was (down the shore without internet/in a business meeting/following a lead on another potential trade) when that big deal went down.
What it sounds like: Oh, well, not every insider can get everything but he’s provided us with plenty of rumors. So, we’ll let this one slide.
What it really means: If I was an insider, I wouldn’t be on vacation during the draft. Even if I was, I’d make sure I had some sort of access to news. Regardless, one of my alleged sources would have informed me of the news in advance, since I still have a smartphone.
News: Jaromir Jagr wants to test the free agent market but he loves Philly and it’s 50/50 that he returns.
What it sounds like: Jagr loves us and we love him. It’s only a matter of time before he re-signs.
What it really means: Ask Penguins fans.