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

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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.

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