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Sens meeting with agents of Ryan, MacArthur next week

Jul 26, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

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After going through tricky ordeals with Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza in the past two summers, the Ottawa Senators would like to avoid similar drama next year.

Forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur are entering the final year of their contracts and can both become unrestricted free agents. As Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen shared, assistant GM Pierre Dorion is trying to get ahead of matters and will be speaking with agents for both players next week.

Recently we shared how the Sens are looking to get a new multi-year deal done with defenseman Marc Methot as well, but with Ryan and MacArthur’s free agency looming next summer, there’s a sense of dread looming if talks can’t progress quickly. After all, when a team loses big time offensive producers in back-to-back offseasons that’ll happen.

MacArthur and Ryan were fourth and fifth on the team in points last season. With Spezza gone, it’ll be up to Kyle Turris to do what he did last season and more to help keep the Sens offense going. With Erik Karlsson putting up monster numbers from the blue line, the forwards have to do their part as well and the production fell off quickly after Ryan.

  1. spezzdispenser - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    give Bobby whatever he wants

  2. blomfeld - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    trust me friends …

    if the LA Kings are ‘ever’ forced to leave, then I’ll ‘never’ come back here to PHT again !

    • i1theinternet - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      we should be so lucky

  3. mcphillthy - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Ryan will finally get a chance to play in Philly. Ryan will look great in orange and black. Everyone is leaving Ottawa

    • PhillySN - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      I honestly don’t know where we would put him. Our top two right wings are filled and he’s too good/going to demand too much much to be a third liner. Unless he wants to play left of G I doubt he comes to Philly

      • flyerspsu - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

        if Simmonds or Ryan could play left wing it would work but idk if thats the case

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      If Holmgren was still the GM I could definitely see them getting in on Bobby Ryan again but with Hextall I don’t know. If he reaches free agency I could see the Flyers making a run at him (if they clear some cap), however I doubt Hextall deals valuable assets for a guy who can walk after the season. I’d imagine the Sens would want a boatload eventhough Ryan hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations. I would be interested to see him next to G but he didn’t exactly thrive next to another elite setup man in Spezza.

  4. President Charles Logan - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    over rated

  5. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    The Sens are in a bad place already but if they lose Ryan and MacArthur next summer (after losing Alfredsson and Spezza back to back years) they will fall completely off the map. And Anderson could walk as well. Without their goalies playing above their heads they’re barely average. I can see them getting in the McDavid sweepstakes already; but man if they lose another couple top-6 forwards they’re gonna reach a whole new low.

    It’s pretty amazing after so many people were jumping on their bandwagon a year ago.

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