WINNIPEG, MB - MARCH 8: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators skates down the ice during warmup before an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre on March 8, 2014 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Video: Bobby Ryan with a goal of the year candidate


Bobby Ryan may be battling a broken finger, but it sure didn’t slow him down Thursday night.

The Sens’ forward dangled Kings’ defenseman Brayden McNabb before beating Jonathan Quick for his sixth of the season.

You know its’ good when the opposing team is voting it goal of the year.

Sens’ Bobby Ryan signs extension… with a fan

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 1: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators skates in the warm-up prior to playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 1, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season and general manager Bryan Murray has already begun discussions on a contract extension for the 27-year-old.

Ryan, who had 23 goals and 48 points in 70 games during his first season with the Sens, will make $5.6 million this season before becoming a UFA for the first time in his career.

According to the blog SensChirp, it appears Murray received some help from a fan in Ottawa.

Posted in the comments section, a fan says he had a lengthy discussion with Ryan before getting him to sign a “long term contract extension”.

Have a look:

I’m no agent, but Ryan might want to get some terms down on that deal before putting ink to paper.

Related: Sens’ Ryan faces career crossroads

Sens GM says they’re ‘definitely going to try to keep’ Bobby Ryan

Craig Anderson, Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan, Patrick Wiercioch

The Ottawa Senators were able to get Clarke MacArthur locked up to a five-year deal on Tuesday and now their attention will have to turn towards star forward Bobby Ryan.

Ryan is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and Senators GM Bryan Murray knows they’d be better off keeping him in the fold as he told the Senators’ website on Wednesday.

“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,” Murray said. “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, is coming off his first season in Ottawa after being acquired from the Anaheim Ducks. In 70 games he had 23 goals and 48 points – his worst full season in since entering the NHL. After four straight 30+ goal seasons with the Ducks, adjusting to life in Ottawa was apparently a bit tricky.

With Ryan entering the final year of his deal, a big performance would go a long way to helping boost any offers he might get – whether they’re from the Sens or not.