Bobby Ryan

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

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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.

Senators sign MacArthur to five-year, $23.25 million extension

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Clarke MacArthur left a big impression on the Ottawa Senators in his first season with them and the team is rewarding him handsomely.

The Senators announced they’ve signed the 29-year-old forward to a five-year extension worth $23.25 million. That comes out to a cap hit of $4.65 million per year.

MacArthur joined the Senators last season after spending the three previous campaigns with the Toronto Maple Leafs and turned in a solid offensive year with 24 goals and 55 points. His goal total was second on the team behind Kyle Turris’ 26. Points-wise he was fourth on the Sens, and now with Jason Spezza off to Dallas, they’ll need him to step his game up a bit to make up for the loss. At least they’ve still got Turris and that Erik Karlsson guy to spearhead the attack.

MacArthur settling into Ottawa will be something a bit new for him after blazing a trail from the Buffalo Sabres to the Atlanta Thrashers and ultimately the Maple Leafs before landing in Ottawa.

Depending on what happens with Bobby Ryan, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season, MacArthur could have the highest cap hit amongst forwards on the roster next season.

Ducks re-sign Silfverberg to one-year, $850K deal

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The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly come to terms with RFA forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Per CapGeek, the two sides have agreed on a one-year pact worth $850,500, a figure that was also reported by Swedish news outlet Expressen. If you’re thinking that’s an awfully nice deal for the Ducks… well, let’s just say you’re not alone.

Silfverberg, 23, had a pretty productive first year in Anaheim after coming over from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade, scoring 10 goals and 23 points in 52 games — this despite missing significant time with a broken right hand. The Swedish speedster then scored twice in 13 playoff appearances, averaging nearly 15 minutes a night.

(Silfverberg also played in all six games for Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, helping his country capture a silver medal.)

The 39th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Silfverberg finished 15th in Calder voting two years ago, scoring 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games for the Sens. All told he has 42 points in 100 big-league contests, so it’s interesting to see him settle for less than what he made on his entry-level deal (with signing bonuses, Silfverberg averaged $900K annually.)

UPDATE: The O.C. Register confirms the report.

Senators have ‘productive’ contract talks with Ryan, MacArthur

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With goaltender Robin Lehner re-signed, the Senators are more-or-less set for the 2014-15 campaign. That doesn’t mean they’re going to have a quiet August though. Already looking ahead to 2015-16, assistant GM Pierre Dorion reached out to Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur’s agents to negotiate contract extensions. Both players are eligible to become unrestricted free agents next summer.

“We had really productive talks on Clarke MacArthur and Bobby Ryan. As you guys know these deals don’t get done in a day, (Senators GM) Bryan (Murray) had preliminary talks with the agents beforehand and (Wednesday) I’d call it productive talks on both sides of things,” said Dorion, per the Ottawa Sun.

Dorion’s goal is to re-sign both of them as soon as possible.

Ryan had 23 goals and 48 points in 70 games last season, but his production dipped as the season went on. It was eventually revealed that he had been playing through a sports hernia since November. He’s wrapping up a five-year, $25.5 million contract.

MacArthur signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal with Ottawa in the summer of 2013 after recording just 20 points in 40 games during his final campaign with Toronto. He bounced back in 2013-14 though with 24 goals and 55 points in 79 contests.

Sens assistant GM is ‘confident we are a playoff team’

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The Ottawa Senators locked up an important part of their goaltending future by signing Robin Lehner to an extension on Thursday, yet the future seems cloudy for that team … even at that position.

Even so, Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion appears confident about the outlook for both his goaltending tandem and team overall after what’s already been a challenging offseason for the franchise. Critics of this summer’s transactions might be a bit surprised about the optimistic outlook he shared with the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Getting Lehner, 23, signed for the near-future was key, yet the franchise still has some big moves to make, as key forwards Bobby Ryan and Clarke MacArthur will see their contracts expire after the 2014-15 season. Dorion told Garrioch that he’s had “productive talks” with both, although it doesn’t sound like a deal is imminent for either.

Again, the Lehner signing doesn’t answer every question in net, either; the Senators also employ a prominent goalie in veteran Craig Anderson, who only has one year left on his contract. The signs seem to point to the No. 1 gig being transferred to Lehner, yet the team doesn’t seem like its totally shut the door on keeping Anderson, 33, around as well. Dorion said that extension talks might increase over the next few weeks now that the Lehner contract is settled.

” … It only helps us having a quality tandem of Craig and Robin moving forward and if it stays like that for one year it stays like that for one year,” Dorion said. “If it stays like that for more than one year we’ll see where we go with it.”

Lehner didn’t deny the notion that he wants to increase his workload next season after notching 36 games played in 2013-14, yet he seems aware that he’ll face competition from Anderson.

“I’m not in a place where I think I should play every game even if it goes really well, I think we have a strong tandem and we have a good team,” Lehner said. “I’ll just be happy with competing every day and getting a chance to get a fair battle.”

Much like the Senators team as a whole, Lehner still has some work to do. It’s clear that the organization will give him every chance to prove that he can pull it off, too.

It remains to be seen if the Swede has what it takes to back up Dorion’s claims of boasting a playoff-level team, though.