Ducks GM Bob Murray shoots down rumors regarding a Bobby Ryan trade


ryanhighfive.jpgThe San Jose Sharks finally broke the seal on offer sheets yesterday, signing Chicago Blackhawks restricted free agent Niklas Hjalmarsson to a deal that the Hawks have seven days to match. Such a move brings up a lot of questions, particularly when it comes to the other desirable RFAs.

One of the biggest fish in that sea is Anaheim Ducks power forward Bobby Ryan, a player whose troubles coming to agreement on a contract with the team have already gone public.

Could the team part with Ryan, either by force of an offer sheet or via a trade? Darren Dreger reports that Ducks GM Bryan Murray is trying to shoot down such rumors.

In an effort to squash whatever Bobby Ryan trade rumours still exist. Ducks gm, Bob Murray wants the spec to end. He’s not trading Ryan.

Now, you might look at the Ducks’ impressive amount of cap space and wonder why they’re having so much trouble wrapping up the New Jersey native. The thing is, the team has its own budget-induced “cap,” so every million they spent must be done so carefully. Could a team attempt to poach Ryan? It’s still an honest question, in my opinion, but Murray is adamant that the team will work something out.

2010 NHL Free Agency: Ducks, Bobby Ryan struggle to find common ground on extension


ryanbobby.jpgFor the most part, NHL teams and their players are allies. The one notable exception, though, is when a team goes into contract discussions with its players and their agents. It seems like the talks between restricted free agent Bobby Ryan and the Anaheim Ducks are getting a little contentious, as Eric Stephens of the OC Register reports.

Ducks GM Bob Murray has taken the squabbles to the public, stating that Ryan & Co. aren’t making good on their claims that they’d be satisfied making a bit less than the team’s two highest scoring forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

“We went to five years at $5 million a year, thinking that after what I heard him say last week that it would be very close,” Murray said. “We offered him a four-year deal at a lower number and they flat out turned that down as quick as you can say whatever you want to say.”

Murray had previously offered five years at an amount between $20-25 million. Ryan, who led the Ducks with 35 goals last season, told the Register that he wasn’t seeking to be paid as much as top point producers Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

When asked to characterize the situation going forward, Murray said, “Basically, that situation is nowhere.”

“As you recall, Bobby said he would like to be just under Getzlaf and Perry,” he added. “Well five and five is just under those two guys.”

You might remember that PHT conducted a readers poll to see how much people thought the budding power forward should earn. If the Ducks were to follow readers’ advice, they’d send Ryan the same $5.3 million per year offer that landed Getzlaf and Perry.

When you consider the fact that Phil Kessel – a far less impressive player than the three mentioned above – is making more than that, I think Getzlaf/Perry-money is perfectly reasonable for Ryan.

While Anaheim is well under the cap, they’re one of the NHL’s teams who must deal with a self-imposed budget. The discussions are a little rough right now, but when/if the two sides come to a compromise, the Ducks are in a nice spot to improve their lot in the NHL. Even if they can’t keep up with the Chicago’s of the world when it comes to spending cash.

Anaheims Ducks qualify Bobby Ryan, still working on contract extension

Perhaps the most surprising, and under the radar, news of this past
week was when Ducks GM Bob Murray revealed that the Ducks had given
forward Bobby Ryan a contract offer in the range of five-years, $20-$25
million — and that Ryan had reportedly turned that offer down.

supposedly put Ryan’s future with the team in doubt, as it’s unlikely
he’s worth more than $5 million a season as this point. Murray quelled
that speculation, however, stating that the team
will  qualify Ryan before the RFA deadline today.

“We’re going to do what is right for the organization,” he said. “I’m
in no hurry to do anything whatsoever.”

When asked if he’ll match any offer sheet that could come Ryan’s way
or sit back and consider the amount, Murray flatly said, “If somebody
wants to give him an offer sheet, we have lots of space. We’ll match.”

Today, the Ducks did in fact send a qualifying offer to Ryan.
Negotiations will certainly continue, but it doesn’t appear that Murray
is in any rush to overpay for Ryan. They’ll keep working on an extension, but I don’t see the Ducks budging much from their original offer.

Comedy duo of Ryan Getzlaf and Bobby Ryan highlight the NHL Awards


If you missed out on the NHL Awards last night, you actually have a reason to be upset with yourself as the level of completely awkward situation dropped dramatically and host Jay Mohr was able to turn his opening monologue into a celebrity roast of sorts. Hey, you have to do something when your first few jokes go over like a fart in church so why not take some pokes at the Phoenix Coyotes and the Bruins historic playoff failure.

The highlight of the evening belonged to a taped skit featuring Anaheim Duck forwards Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf, with a special appearance by recently-retired Scott Niedermayer thrown in for good measure.  The results are surprisingly fantastic.

Pretty impressive stuff from three guys who have obviously been paying attention to Hollywood while playing hockey in southern California. The league should take note that doing things like this help to better show off their stars and how funny these guys can be when not doing semi-robotic interviews.

I’m not trying to tell the folks in the NHL marketing department how to do their job, but more of this kind of stuff would be fantastic to see on a regular basis.

Poll results: How much PHT readers think Bobby Ryan is worth

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In late May, I asked PHT readers to vote on how much money Bobby Ryan should make as a restricted free agent. Take a look at the poll results below (click to enlarge).


So, my general guess for Ryan’s value seems to match the majority opinion of our audience (Perry-Getzlaf money) although “Jordan Staal money” was a competitive second. So, maybe Ryan’s worth $5.3 million or $4 million. Maybe somewhere in between?

I was heartened to see that there weren’t too many people who chose anything far above $6 million, though.

For what it’s worth, I’d rather pay Ryan somewhere in that $5.3 million-ish range than someone like Phil Kessel. Ryan has had some nice moments in his brief playoff experience and can create quite a bit of offense even if his linemates are a bit lacking. Ryan also brings a physical edge to his game, which means that he can occasionally make an impact even if he’s not scoring.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of contract Ryan signs with the Ducks. We’ll keep you up to date on his restricted free agent situation as well as the many other transactions that will take place once July 1 hits.