On the Philadelphia Flyers …
The Senators were asking the Flyers for defenseman Travis Sanheim and a first-round pick as a starting point in talks. Trade talks didn’t get much further than that.
The Flyers could have two first-round picks depending on where the Blues end up, and GM Ron Hextall may have been willing to move one. Trading Sanheim was the deal breaker for Hextall.
“We’ve got a lot of good young players and we get asked about them fairly often,” Hextall said.
Hoffman is under contract for another two years at a reasonable salary cap hit of just over $5.3 million and he fits in with what Hextall would be looking for.
Trade talks could pick up again at the draft.
On the Ottawa Senators …
The Vegas Golden Knights were one of the teams that were prepared to take on Ryan’s $7.5 million per year cap hit in a Karlsson trade. Ryan thought he was heading back to the Western conference.
“I heard a couple of times it was close, so I looked at my wife (Danielle) and said, ‘It’s a very real possibility,’ ” Ryan said. “I don’t want to move. I like it here.”
Ryan was happy at the Senators didn’t trade him. The Senators took a step backward this year, but he believes they took a step forward.
“You look at that, and they kind of write each other off, and, if it’s a complete rebuild and they want me around for it, then I’m certainly doing it because I signed long-term because I want to be part of this organization.”