Senators' Ryan expected to take on leadership role as contract extension talks progress

by Sep 2, 5:45 PM

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Bobby Ryan is back in Ottawa and already facing questions about both his role with the Senators this season, and his long-term future with the club.

In regards to the latter, Ryan - who spent the summer in Idaho - reports contract talks between his agent and the Senators have been positive to date, adding he expects negotiations to pick up now that he's back in Ottawa.

Ryan told the Ottawa Citizen:

I was looking forward to getting back here to getting more involved than I have been [in negotiations], but as far as I knew, every discussion has been amicable and there haven’t been any breakdowns or anything like that. Everybody is confident that we’re going to start going with [serious negotiations] when everyone is in town.

In the meantime, Ryan and his Senators' teammates are preparing for a new season, and the 27-year-old is expected to be a more vocal leader, especially in light of the departure of Jason Spezza.

In my conversations with (Senators coach Paul MacLean) this summer, I know there will be a little more of a role for me to take on as a leader. Last year, he noticed that I didn’t talk a whole lot or become a more rah-rah guy because I was still learning my way and still trying to find my place in the room. I think [MacLean's] expectations have shifted for me to be more of a vocal leader in the room. And that’s fine. I can do that.

Ryan added he hopes his contract situation doesn't become a "distraction" if a deal isn't reached prior to the start of the new season.

Sep 17, 4:59 PM

McKenzie: Ryan taking 'wait and see' approach after multiple contract proposals from Senators

by Sep 17, 4:59 PM

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie took to Twitter Wednesday to clarify the status of Bobby Ryan's contract negotiations with the Ottawa Senators.

McKenzie reports the club did present multiple contract proposals to Ryan, ranging from two to four years in length; the forward did not officially reject any of the proposals, and his representatives indicated they would re-visit negotiations at a later date.

Furthermore, McKenzie reiterated Ryan's desire to wait and see how the season unfolds, and what his role on the team will be moving forward. Both factors will play a role in whether he decides to re-sign with the Senators.

Ryan himself admitted as such Wednesday, as per the Ottawa Citizen:

If you’re going to hitch your wagon to a team for seven years, it’s okay to take some time to decide if it’s what you want to do or not. Everything I’ve said and still feel is that I’d love to be here long term, but you need some assurance and you need some motivating factor, to not get it done at this early stage isn’t a tragedy. We’ve still got a year to get there and I think everybody is fairly confident that we will.

Nevertheless, questions and uncertainty are sure to hang over this situation until it's resolved one way or another.

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Sep 17, 9:50 AM

Report: Bobby Ryan offered 7-year extension from Senators

by Sep 17, 9:50 AM

The Senators have reportedly tabled a seven-year offer to pending unrestricted free agent forward Bobby Ryan, per the Ottawa Sun.

Ryan, who remains intent on establishing an expanded role before signing on the dotted line, has reportedly been offered a multitude of short- and long-term deals, suggesting the Senators will do what it takes to keep him under their label. 

Accepting the seven-year deal would provide the insurance many covet, but Ryan appears keen on maximizing his potential earnings and isn't worried about the uncertainty. 

Sep 15, 7:07 PM

Senators' Ryan 'wants to wait to see role' before renewing contract negotiations

by Sep 15, 7:07 PM

Contract extension talks between the Ottawa Senators and Bobby Ryan have been put on hold, primarily at the forward's behest. 

"Bobby wants to wait to see the role and the importance he has," explained general manager Bryan Murray, as per the Ottawa Sun. "Is he going to be one of the top core guys? There were games last year he felt he didn't play very much or play a very important role. He's the kind of guy, he's got a big upside for us, but he wants to be one of those guys you count on. I totally understand that."

Of note, Ryan ranked sixth among Senators forwards in total power-play time (as per Behind The Net), a perplexing reality considering his ability to put the puck in the net.

With Jason Spezza out of the mix and a line of Ryan, Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur expected to pull the load offensively, the forward should have a better idea of where he fits in Ottawa as a new season begins. 

An increased role could result in more of a desire to remain with the Senators long term.

Sep 9, 4:55 PM

Report: Senators, Bobby Ryan have no plans to hold serious contract talks before season

by Sep 9, 4:55 PM

Momentum in contract extension talks between the Ottawa Senators and forward Bobby Ryan appears to be losing steam. 

According to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, "there are no plans for the Senators and Ryan’s agents to hold serious talks about a contract extension until the regular season begins Oct. 9."

The two sides were believed to be planning to sit down once Ryan arrived back in Ottawa prior to the start of training camp. At this point, the 27-year-old doesn't appear to be in too much of a hurry to get a deal done.

Ryan told the Ottawa Sun:

"I think we all kind of have a feeling that when the time is right, we'll all have to sit down ... if that's next week or that's December, I don't care. I know they know I feel that way, that it doesn't matter to me, whether it gets done or not. If we have to start the season without it, I'm comfortable with that....

"One of the guys already asked me about Philadelphia. I said listen man, that's all a year away, if I get to that point. Everybody I've talked to in this city from a fan standpoint has been incredible. They've all stressed they'd love to have me here as a lifelong Senator. I think that was Bryan Murray's goal when I came. I've tried to do everything right by the Sens, but at the same time you have to do right by yourself a little bit. I don't know, I just want everybody to understand that nobody is the bad guy here. It's not the Sens, it's not Bobby Ryan ... at this point, there's nobody to be mad at or fed up with or anything like that. These things will get done when they get done....

"Everybody's guess (on when or if it happens) is as good as mine right now."

Ryan represents the most high-profile name among the team's forward ranks, and keeping him in the mix would be a big win for a team seeking a new identity in light of the recent departures of Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza. Whether an extension comes to pass remains decidedly up in the air as the 2014-15 season rapidly approaches.

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Aug 21, 9:53 AM

MacArthur will attempt to 'nudge' Ryan towards contract extension with Senators

by Aug 21, 9:53 AM

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Clarke MacArthur signed a five-year, $23.25-million contract extension with the Ottawa Senators Tuesday, and plans to do his part to ensure linemate Bobby Ryan does the same at some point in the near future.

“[Ryan] is a natural, he’s a player we want on the team,” MacArthur said Wednesday, as per the Ottawa Citizen. "If I can nudge him to stay, I’m going to try to.”

Ryan enters the 2014-15 season as the team's highest-paid forward ($5.1 million per Capgeek), and will likely be seeking a significant pay upgrade. 

As such, it may not be a matter of whether or not he wants to stay in Ottawa, but rather if owner Eugene Melnyk's wallet can be pried open wide enough.

Aug 20, 12:32 PM

Senators, Bobby Ryan to resume contract talks at training camp

by Aug 20, 12:32 PM

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After Clarke MacArthur signed a five-year, $23.25-million contract extension with the Ottawa Senators Tuesday, general manager Bryan Murray's attention turned to winger Bobby Ryan, who is set to enter the final year of his current deal.

During a conference call following the MacArthur announcement, Murray affirmed the club's desire to keep Ryan in Ottawa, with plans to resume talks when players convene for training camp in September.

As per the team's official website:

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. 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, scored 23 goals and added 25 assists during his first season with the Senators.

Jul 31, 12:12 PM

Senators AGM Dorion had 'productive talks' with agents of Ryan, MacArthur

by Jul 31, 12:12 PM

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As the Ottawa Senators announced a three-year contract for goaltender Robin Lehner, assistant general manager Pierre Dorion offered the following update in relation to extensions for forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur.

Both players are set to hit the open market as unrestricted free agents in 2015, and are integral to any measure of success achieved by the team in the immediate future.

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Jul 26, 4:52 PM

Senators GM Murray set to begin contract talks with agents of Ryan, MacArthur

by Jul 26, 4:52 PM

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With the 2014-15 roster all but set, the Ottawa Senators are already looking ahead to next summer, when a few key players are set to become unrestricted free agents.

Defenseman Marc Methot appears close to signing a multi-year extension, and general manager Bryan Murray is expected to meet with the Newport agents of forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur (Don Meehan and Pat Morris, respectively) during the last week of July, according to Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen.

“All three contracts are being talked about,” assistant general manager Pierre Dorion said.

This will come as good news to the Senators' faithful, as Ryan and MacArthur represent two of Ottawa's most effective forwards last season, and will be counted on to produce even more in light of the departure of Jason Spezza. 

In fact, the line of Ryan, MacArthur and Kyle Turris ranked 2-4 in scoring by Ottawa forwards (behind only the departed captain), often displaying ridiculous chemistry.

PlayerGoalsAssistsCorsi For (5 on 5)
Kyle Turris263252.8
Clarke MacArthur243154.1
Bobby Ryan232551.1

[Stats via Extra Skater]

Per Capgeek, Turris is locked up through 2017-18 at a very team-friendly $3.5-million cap hit; depending on how they play this season, both Ryan ($5.1 million) and MacArthur ($3.25 million) could be in line for raises. The Senators are well under the cap for this season and next, meaning the pair's future presence in Ottawa may come down to whether the club is willing to pay.

Dorion, for his part, appears to believe the trio will indeed find continued success: “I really like our team now ... I don’t think we have the big name after Erik Karlsson, but if we bounce back, which we will, I like the way we’re going to play next year, we’re going to skate and play as a unit. I think we’re going to surprise quite a few people.”