After an incredibly unlucky run of injuries, Stefan Noesen could soon make his NHL debut.
Noesen, taken 21st overall at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has been recalled to Anaheim from AHL Norfolk, the club announced on Friday. The 22-year-old came to the Ducks from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade of ’13… and has suffered through two major injuries and rehabs since.
Just a few games into the 2013-14 campaign, Noesen ripped up his knee — tearing both his ACL and MCL — which shelved him for all of the regular season and part of Norfolk’s playoff run. While he did return to get some postseason action, Noesen was again sidelined at the start of this season when he suffered a severed Achilles following a skate cut in mid-October.
Noesen only returned to the Norfolk lineup in mid-February, but made an immediate impact. He’s scored 10 points in 19 games since coming back and could provide a boost for the Ducks heading into the playoffs; Noesen has good size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and his playing style has earned comparisons to his new teammate, Corey Perry — from a fairly legit source in Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, who drafted Perry to the Ducks and Noesen to the Sens.
Bobby Ryan worked hard and put his body on the line on Monday night, helping the Ottawa Senators even beyond scoring his first hat trick in almost four years.
That hat trick still makes for the best video, of course, so check out his trio of goals in Ottawa’s 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres:
This marks the fourth hat trick of Ryan’s career, and as TSN’s Ian Mendes points out, it’s his first since Jan. 12, 2011.
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.
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
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.