Poll and analysis: How much should Bobby Ryan make?

bobbyryan2.jpgDuring the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, all eyes were on the super-duper hyped Sidney Crosby. For some time, one had to wonder if No. 2 pick Bobby Ryan would be a mere footnote in the league’s draft history. Or, worse yet, maybe Ryan would go down as the NHL’s version of Darko Milicic, the infamous No. 2 draft pick for the Detroit Pistons whose team won a NBA championships while he did nothing.

Such a stance could only have been taken by someone unacquainted with the time NHL prospects take to develop, though. For the past two seasons, Ryan has developed into another power forward of the future for Anaheim, scoring 31 goals in an abbreviated 08-09 season and 35 in 09-10. He’s an impact player who can produce regardless of the quality of his linemates and certainly has the potential to be a 40-goal scorer in the NHL.

Being that the team wrapped Jonas Hiller with a franchise goalie-type contract, Ryan will be Anaheim’s biggest off-season decision this summer. The Orange County Register reports that extension talks between Ryan’s representatives and the Ducks resumed this week.

In an e-mail response on Tuesday, Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management confirmed that talks have taken place recently and that he expects there will be more conversations in the coming weeks between himself, Mark Guy and Ducks assistant general manager David McNab. Guy is Ryan’s longtime agent and other representative.

Ducks GM Bob Murray also confirmed on Tuesday that negotiations are back on.

The question is, how much is Bobby Ryan worth? The OC Register also had a great post reflecting on the effects of Nicklas Backstrom’s contract on Ryan’s negotiations, rightly pointing out that the talented American winger isn’t quite as valuable – at least at this point in his career – as the Capitals center.

A salary cap dork such as myself will point out that the Ducks have a great, harmonious setup in which Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry share an identical $5.3 million cap hit. Aside from some messy deals with Joffrey Lupul and (to a lesser extent) Jason Blake, the Ducks are in excellent cap shape right now. Wrapping up Ryan will allow the team to build around a talented, affordable young nucleus (as I discussed earlier this year).

Would Ryan take a Perry-Getzlaf type deal? Maybe he deserves a bit more since – statistically speaking – he might be a little further ahead in his development than his two power forward teammates were when they signed their deals? My guess is that he’ll get something in the $5.5-$6 million range, but let’s open the floor to such discussion. What do you think he’s worth? Vote in the poll below.

(Since I didn’t cover every imaginable salary range, feel free to suggest an amount yourself.)

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    Ryan says ‘plan is to play’ vs. Flyers on Saturday night


    Things didn’t look good for Bobby Ryan after he took a hit from Jackets defenseman David Savard on Thursday night.

    Savard was originally given a match penalty for the hit, but the NHL rescinded the misconduct and small fine on Friday.

    Ryan needed help getting off the ice, and many Sens fans feared the worst in regards to his status going forward.

    After a  few days of treatment and rest, the Sens forward says he expects to play against Philadelphia on Saturday.

    “I felt really good,” Ryan told the Ottawa Sun. “We were happy with everything we did over the last 36 hours to prepare for it. We’ll have another conversation tonight, but the plan is to play.”

    The 28-year-old comes into Saturday’s game having recorded at least one point in each of his last seven games. If he’s able to extend that streak by one more, he would set a new career-high.

    Ryan has seven goals and 17 points in 19 games this season.

    Video: Ryan helped off the ice after being hit by Savard


    The Ottawa Senators may have defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night, but they lost their second leading scorer and hottest forward in the process.

    Bobby Ryan was forced to leave the game after taking a hit from Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard (above) late in the third period.

    Savard was handed a boarding major and a game misconduct for the hit on Ryan.

    “Bobby brings an offensive skillset that is irreplaceable,” Sens goalie Craig Anderson said after the game. “We’ll have to wait and see what’s going on with him. You hope for the best and you never like seeing guys get hurt.”

    Before being injured, Ryan picked up a primary assist on one of Erik Karlsson‘s second period goals and tied a career-high by recording a point in his seventh straight game.

    Patrick Wiercioch also left the game with what appeared to be a concussion.

    Ryan seeking ‘some flow’ with linemates Zibanejad and Michalek

    Mika Zibanejad Bobby Ryan

    Senators forward Bobby Ryan is hoping some practice time will help things come together for him and his linemates, Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek.

    Michalek is the latest left winger to skate with Ryan and Zibanejad, replacing the injured Clarke MacArthur.

    “Even through training camp, Mika and I only skated together in one game,” Ryan told the Ottawa Citizen. “It wasn’t consistent, it was a bit messy. So now we’re having a week here where we can get some reps, get some flow, some 2-on-1s, 3 on 2s, and build from there.”

    The Sens don’t play again until Thursday. When they do, they’d love to get some production beyond the first line of Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone. That trio has combined for eight even-strength goals. Everyone else combined has five.

    Ryan has one goal in six games, and just 11 shots total. For a cap hit of $7.25 million, that’s not enough.

    Michalek, with a cap hit of $4 million, has yet to score at even strength, though he does have a pair of power-play goals.

    Video: Ryan snaps 16-game goal scoring slump

    Ryan goal

    Bobby Ryan will begin a seven-year, $50.75 million contract with the Ottawa Senators next season and he’s given them some cause for concern. The four time 30-plus goal scorer is coming off of a lukewarm regular season where he managed just 18 markers in 78 contests. He was also quiet the opening four games of Ottawa’s first round series against Montreal.

    The 28-year-old ended a 16-game goal scoring drought tonight though with a nice shot through traffic that found its way past Canadiens goaltender Carey Price:

    Montreal jumped ahead 3-0 in this series. Ottawa stayed alive with a 28-save shutout from goaltender Craig Anderson in Game 4, but the Senators clearly need others to step up as well if they are going to dig themselves out of this sizable hole. Ryan breaking out at this stage would be a big boost for them when they need it the most.