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Sens GM Murray: Ryan will ‘probably’ play with Spezza, Michalek

Jul 10, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on March 31, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-0.
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Sounds like Bobby Ryan will be getting top-line minutes in Ottawa this season.

In speaking with the Ottawa Sun, Sens GM Bryan Murray said Ryan would likely play in a top three role next season, meaning he’d be with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek, who occasionally played on the aforementioned “SAM” line along with former team captain Daniel Alfredsson, now in Detroit.

“I think he likes to play the left side more than the right side,” Murray said of Ryan. “I know Milan can play the right side pretty well too.

“I would think he’s probably in our Top 3, so therefore probably with Spezz.”

There was some thought Ottawa would keep Spezza and Michalek with Colin Greening — the trio performed well together last season — and put Ryan on a line centered by Kyle Turris, along with newly-acquired LW/RW Clarke MacArthur.

But loading up the No. 1 line appears to be the way Ottawa will go.

In other news, it doesn’t sound as though Murray will be looking to make any more trades in the near future.

“We’ve got bodies, and if we have to do something, we’ll have to go try and go do it,” said Murray. “But I don’t want to give up more kids right now if I can help it.”

Related to Murray’s goal of keeping the “kids” — who are playing on cheaper, entry-level deals — embattled Sens owner Eugene Melynk got more bad financial news on Tuesday, as his plan to build a casino was scuttled by the city.

Melnyk had hoped the casino project would offset the “substantial losses” of the hockey club.

  1. mule93 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Where are you getting this “SAM” line stuff? Alfredsson had been playing on the 2nd line with Turris for the past few years and Greening was typically up with Spezza/Michalek in his rookie season.

    • Mike Halford - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    • Mike Halford - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Though you’re probably right, I oversold the SAM thing a bit.

      • mule93 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

        Yeah, I mean Clouston/MacLean definitely did the typical “mix things up during a game when things aren’t going well” and you might see it then. As set lines Alfie was mainly with Turris (and Fisher before him) over the past few years. Spezza-Alfredsson was more of a thing back in the Dany Heatley, ‘Pizza Line’ heyday.

      • Mike Halford - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Right. I just always saw it as more of an actual line/trio because they’d been together in OTT for a while (since ’09), so there have bee a number of occasions where they played together. It was also the typical “load up the top line” maneuver for a long time, which feels similar to what they’re doing with Ryan. Good points, appreciate feedback.

  2. vanindeed - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I smell 40+ goals for Ryan

  3. axisofweasels - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    ryan will play with spezza and michalek……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. for two years. then hes gone baby gone.

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