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Sens GM says they’re ‘definitely going to try to keep’ Bobby Ryan

Aug 20, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

Craig Anderson, Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan, Patrick Wiercioch AP

The Ottawa Senators were able to get Clarke MacArthur locked up to a five-year deal on Tuesday and now their attention will have to turn towards star forward Bobby Ryan.

Ryan is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and Senators GM Bryan Murray knows they’d be better off keeping him in the fold as he told the Senators’ website on Wednesday.

“I think all of these players that are going into their last year around the League, some of them will sign early because of the situation and the contract they’re getting. Other people will wait a little bit,” Murray said. “We’ve talked to Bobby at length through his agents. I believe it will take until he comes to Ottawa for training camp to continue the discussions. He’s one of the next guys we’re definitely going to try to keep here.”

Ryan, 27, is coming off his first season in Ottawa after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks. In 70 games he had 23 goals and 48 points – his worst full season in since entering the NHL. After four straight 30+ goal seasons with the Ducks, adjusting to life in Ottawa was apparently a bit tricky.

With Ryan entering the final year of his deal, a big performance would go a long way to helping boost any offers he might get – whether they’re from the Sens or not.

  1. broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    Either by trade or as an UFA, Ryan is coming to Philly.

    • lowenni - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM

      I feel like everyone is either going to Philly, Toronto, or Minnesota…are you guys gonna have Evander Kane and Shea Weber next year too?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Shea Weber signed an offer sheet and wanted to come to Philly. Evander Kane wants to come to Philly and Bobby Ryan will definitely come to Philly.

      • lowenni - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Weber signed an offer sheet for a ridiculous amount of money to force Nashville’s hand and sign him already. He’s loyal to his team, is the captain of his team, and wants to win in Nashville, and that’s where he’s staying. Kane would probably want to play anywhere but Winnipeg right now and is kind of a d*uche…just cause he favorited a tweet about it doesn’t mean anything, unless you’ve talked to him personally about the matter. Bobby Ryan to Philly rumors have been swirling for years and nothing has come of them–more than likely he resigns in Ottawa cause they’ll know they have to pay him bigtime. I can understand it with Wild and Maple Leafs fans, that is players coming home to their teams, but Philly? Nobody really wants to go to Philly.

      • lowenni - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        *(not that Weber isn’t worth what he signed for)*

      • chief361 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        don’t throw mn under the bus on this one. no none here ever thought anyone was coming to minny recently except vanek…which happened. and that’s because parise and suter changed the culture around here. would i love ryan to come here? yes. will it happen? absolutely not.

        as for broadstreetbeatdown’s retort: weber wanted to sign the biggest deal he could as an rfa at the time no matter who it was for because he knew the preds would match any offer. that offer sheet was all about getting paid more than it was about his desire to play in philly. he simply knew they’d throw him the biggest offer and, low and behold, the preds matched.

        as far as ryan going to philly, i believe it’s a very strong possibility, though likely through free agency next summer as opposed to a trade deadline deal. when, not if, ottawa isn’t able to sign him, they will trade him, but not to philly. he’ll be the rental of the trade deadline this upcoming season before he settles in orange and black.

        i feel like i’m forgetting something……oh yeah, evander kane…so will the rest of the hockey community, eventually.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        Dear lord, you really are an idiot. Are you channelling your inner joey?

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      Philly does have all of that cap room to work with…

  2. flyboystransport - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Caps going up 6 million next season and he’s from the area. Nextra season

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

      Flyers have $3 million in cap space next year with 7 spots to fill, giving them the $4.9 million in cap space for Pronger (although now they have 8 spots to fill) and say $6 million from the cap going up (I’ll caution you though because everyone initially thought this year’s cap would come in at $71-72 million and it turned out to be $69 million) The Flyers now have $14 million in cap space and 8 roster spots to fill. Bobby Ryan takes up a minimum of $6 million per year (he’s not taking less than Cammalleri or Clarkson) so the Flyers end up with $8 million in space and 7 more roster spots to fill…that’s pretty much impossible.

      A Bobby Ryan signing might make sense if Holmgren was still running the Flyers with his quickly reshuffle the roster every year ways but he’s not, Hextall is looking to build a long term winner with cap flexibility, I wouldn’t get my hopes up about Bobby Ryan.

  3. statsdolie - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Don’t forget some of those roster spots can be filled by prospects in the teams farm system laughton gostisbehere hagg but lets not let that get in the way of flyers bashers.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      $8 million for 7 spots basically means you’re filling the bottom 1/3 of your roster with guys on entry level contracts and AHL players, I will give you that it’s possible but you’re pretty much taking every prospect in an already thin pipeline (22nd in the NHL according to Hockey’s Future) and asking them to be NHL players (ready or not) in order to give $6 million (which is an absolute minimum he’ll sign for) to a very good but not great player who’s production dropped off when he was removed from playing with the superstars in Anaheim.

      My post wasn’t meant to bash the Flyers, I believe Hextall will build your team the right way, it’s more asking Flyers fans why they want to spend so much money on one hometown player when it will be at the expense of the roster depth?

  4. chief361 - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    i believe the key word in this headline is “try”

  5. rushledger - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:05 AM

    “We will definitely try and resign him”

    In Ottawa lingo that means they’ll offer less than what he’s worth but still bordering a lowball offer.

  6. spezzdispenser - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    If they gave MacArthur $4.65M per year, what will they have to give Ryan? $6M at least (maybe more because FAs don’t usually want to come to Ottawa so they’ll need to sweeten the pot)?

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