Like surging energy bills and Marvel comics film adaptations, Bobby Ryan Trade Speculation has become a rite of the summer, mostly based around how the South Jersey native would end up on the Philadelphia Flyers.
But on July 5, in the midst of the NHL Free Agent Frenzy, it finally happened: The Anaheim Ducks traded their star forward to the Ottawa Senators, who only hours earlier saw their star captain Daniel Alfredsson depart for the Detroit Red Wings.
(We don’t want to say it’s been a confusing day for Senators fans, but their heads are spinning with such velocity it runs the risk of sending the Earth off its axis.)
According to multiple reports, the Ducks sent Ryan to the Senators for right wing Jakob Silfverberg, a first round pick in 2014 and young winger Stefan Noesen, the Sens' first rounder in 2011. The deal was first reported by the Ottawa Sun.
So who wins this trade?
Ryan makes $5.1 million against the cap for the next two seasons. Silfverberg is a restricted free agent next summer, while Noesen is on his entry deal through 2016.
Ryan has four seasons of 30 goals or more, but slumped to 30 points in 46 games last season – a season that came after Ryan made his displeasure with the Ducks putting him on the trade block.
He comes to the Senators after Alfredsson left for a $5.5 million deal with Detroit. Did Ottawa low ball him in the hopes of acquiring Ryan? Did one more lead to the other? GM Bryan Murray has some mysteries to solve. One thing’s clear: The conversation for bitter Sens fans was changed immediately when the Ryan trade broke.
I think both teams won here.
Ryan’s as elite a goal-scorer as there is, and the Senators aren’t locked into him if things don’t work out (ala Dany Heatley).
The price is high: Silfverberg could be a 30-goal scorer playing with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. He’s got that upside. Noesen is a great, pesty forward and a former No. 1 pick, and Anaheim gets another in the deal. Anyone who thinks this is "Bobby Ryan for a bag of pucks" is either completely ignorant of the return and/or a dabble in "West Coast Bias."
Ah, yes: Getzlaf and Perry. The two Ducks stars signed their 8-year, $66 million contracts, and that was pretty much that for Ryan in Anaheim. Anaheim couldn't sign all three offensive stars. Ryan was the odd-man out. Moving him now was smart; the return was considerable.
(Where were the Flyers on Ryan, by the way?)
Now Bobby Ryan's in Ottawa, for what could be the most must-see season in the history of the Senators – and, without question, in Bryan Murray’s tenure as general manager.
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