I don't want to trade for Bobby Ryan. Only for the simple reason that he's shown that his heart lies in Philly. Obviously, his mind could be changed, but Im not enthusiastic about trading for him unless he showed that he wanted to come here and stay.
Ugh, give me a break with this crap. Who cares if he's originally a Philly fan? That has absolutely zero bearing on whether or not NJ would want to bring him over in a trade. Personally, I don't think that NJ even has the assets to do so. But I guarantee you if they did and if they wanted to bring him here, Lou wouldn't say "No way, he used to be a Flyers fan, ewwww." Many, many players get traded to places they don't initially want to go to and are still successful there. This gets brought up fairly often, but Scott Stevens really did not want to come here when he was first awarded to us and fought the decision. We all know how that turned out.
I don't think a Bobby Ryan trade to NJ trade could possibly happen right now anyway, so it's probably a moot point, but still.
I agree with 7 in respect to the "type" of trade I'd like to see. Making trades for Poni types (3rd line type guys) is a lateral move IMO, espc when we don't have Parise anymore. This is going to be a weaker team offensively most likely and if we're going to trade for a forward, I want it to be a guy that will have an impact on one of the top 2 lines and to get that guy we will have to make a sacrifice and I'd rather that trade be for a guy that is a relative "sure-thing" and not a "let's hope he can" situation or a reclamation project.
But who? Who are we going to sacrifice that would net us a superstar player in return? We simply don't have the kind of assets right now to make a trade for a 1st line player without completely devastating the rest of the team. Lou, Deboer, and co. have made it pretty clear that the team's mindset right now is not to replace Parise with one guy. What we need to do is pick up one or two forwards that can fill out the team's depth so that we don't have our 4th liners from last year playing on our 3rd line and goons and scrubs filling out our 4th line. Picking up a mid-level forward who can contribute some points via trade or maybe taking a shot at Gomez (or both) is going to be the best we can do, and honestly, I think we will be fine on offense, assuming we can stay healthy. Our defense is still great and, well, hopefully Marty is still good enough.