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Ryan ‘absolutely’ considering signing in Ottawa long-term

Apr 4, 2014, 11:10 AM EDT

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 1: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators skates in the warm-up prior to playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 1, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Bobby Ryan was acquired from Anaheim last summer, many Sens fans were apprehensive about his contract — mostly because it ran out after the 2014-15 campaign.

Today, those fans might be breathing a little earlier.

In speaking with the Ottawa Citizen, Ryan indicated he’d be more than willing to look at signing an extension with the Sens — here’s more, from the Citizen:

“For me, I love it here. We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us,” said Ryan, in reference to his fiancée, Danielle Rhodes. “So, when the time comes, if that’s the route Bryan wants to go, we’ll sit down and have a conversation, certainly we’ll do that.”

Even the winter from hell doesn’t seem to have scared Ryan off. Yet.

Ryan was asked if he could see himself being in Ottawa on a long-term contract.

“Yeah, absolutely, and I said that in Anaheim,” said Ryan, drafted second overall by the Ducks in 2005, just behind Sidney Crosby. “When you get drafted by an organization or traded to an organization, you want to reward that organization, you want to be a part of that organization for a long-term deal.”

Ryan, 27, had an interesting first season in Ottawa. He finished with a respectable 23 goals and 48 points in 70 games, but was infamously left off the U.S. Olympic team (because he couldn’t spell intense, apparently) and was shut down last week after undergoing sports hernia surgery — suggesting that some of his stretches of underwhelming play this year came as a result of trying to play through injury.

Overall, Ryan said he season was just so-so, but sounded appreciative of the organization recognizing he was gutting it out with the sports hernia.

“Everyone in the dressing room was supportive and wanted me to be out there, even if I wasn’t a hundred per cent,” he said. “I appreciated the guys for acknowledging that.”

  1. smarshall3789 - Apr 4, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    You’re an American dude and Canadian teams are a joke go to a team that will win

    • nj666 - Apr 4, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      yeah its not like american teams aren’t loaded with canadians…

  2. flash8910 - Apr 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    I feel for Bobby. I really love the kid. When he was in Anaheim, he was buried by Burke because Burke overspent on the cap. When he was finally called up and made a regular, he only gave the team 30 goals per season. Yet, every year the trade rumors would not stop. He was always treated after an after thought to Perry and Getzlaf. I am glad that he found a team that treats him well. Ottawa is not that far from NJ. So I am happy for the guy.

  3. President Charles Logan - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    sign that long term extension for a losing team … go ahead

  4. flyboystransport - Apr 4, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Flyers are waiting for you to come home. …..

  5. djshnooks - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:30 AM

    Tim Murray had a BIG hand in bringing you into the Ottawa organization…

    Come get PAID in Buffalo next year when they have Bennett or Reinhart, and McDavid or Eichel…plus they’ll probably sign Pat Kane to come home as well! :-)

    That would be fun, huh? I’ll keep dreaming…at least some of it will happen.

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