Bobby Ryan

Sens play it safe with Ryan after he collides with Turris

Update: the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan reports that Ryan said he just got his “bell rung” and isn’t suffering from concussion-like symptoms. We’ll see if that changes, though.

As with the many miscellaneous injuries that crop up during training camp and exhibition games, it’s important to note that NHL teams are especially cautious when the contests mean little to a big chunk of players involved. Even so, it’s worth noting that the Ottawa Senators are keeping an eye on Bobby Ryan’s condition.

He was held out the remainder of Sunday’s scrimmage and won’t play in either of Monday’s split-squad preseason games after colliding with Kyle Turris. The Ottawa Citizen’s Ken Warren reports that the team’s making sure he didn’t suffer a concussion:

Ryan, 27, has already made headlines this summer as he reportedly turned down a lucrative extension offer from the Senators.

It’s a big season for him (and his place with the team), so this potential injury would come at an especially poor time.

Ryan had a bit of an off year by many standards, yet even with that in mind, he still scored 23 goals in 2013-14. Entering this coming season at full-strength would obviously be ideal, especially since the Senators look like they’ll be leaning on Ryan quite heavily.

Sens angry with Methot’s agent for leaking ‘false’ contract details

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Wednesday was not a banner day for the Ottawa Senators on the contract negotiation front.

Following reports of Bobby Ryan rejecting a seven-year, $49 million deal, Sens assistant GM Pierre Dorion took to the airwaves in the wake of an Ottawa Sun article on pending UFA defenseman Marc Methot — one that featured Larry Kelly, Methot’s agent, saying the two sides were $300,000 apart on a new deal.

That comment drew Dorion’s ire.

“It’s disappointing,” he said, per TSN 1200 radio. “I’ve been with the team for eight years and I don’t know if I’ve been more disappointed about anything that’s been written.

“I don’t think you go about this way to do a contract.”

Here’s the bit from the Sun article that got Dorion’s goat:

After GM Bryan Murray told TSN’s Bob McKenzie he’d trade Methot rather than lose him to free agency, Methot’s agent, Ottawa lawyer Larry Kelly, was taken aback to hear Murray and the two sides are not “in the same ball park right now.”

“That’s a surprising comment,” Kelly told the Sun. “His last offer was 4.7 (million) over five years, starting at 4.5, and our last offer was 5 (million) AAV (average annual salary), over five years, starting at 4.5.”

The Senators did not comment.

Dorion, who has taken on a large share of GM duties while Murray undergoes cancer treatment, isn’t the only front office exec to take issue with an agent recently. Yesterday, Columbus president John Davidson tore a strip off Kurt Overhardt, who represents young Blue Jackets star (and potential training camp holdout) Ryan Johnansen.

In Ottawa, things don’t appear as contentious — yet — but Kelly negotiating through the media clearly isn’t appreciated by the Sens’ front office.

“The information that’s written in that article is totally false,” Dorion said. “There’s no other way to put it. You put us in a corner, which isn’t fair — we said we’ve wanted to try and sign Marc from day one and to me, this is negotiation 101 in bad faith.”

Report: Ryan turned down Sens’ seven-year, $49M offer


Details are starting to emerge from the on-again, off-again contract extension talks between Bobby Ryan and Ottawa.

From the Sun’s Don Brennan:

Amid unconfirmed rumours Ryan turned down a seven-year, $49 million offer, talks between him and the team have been put on hold.

Ryan, another player the Senators cannot afford to lose for nothing, told a TV reporter he did not want to discuss his contract situation when he was approached at Sensplex Tuesday.

Brennan’s cohort at the Sun, Bruce Garrioch, also reported the Sens offered Ryan a seven-year extension, but didn’t shed any light on the financial side of things.  Ryan, for what it’s worth, said his contract won’t be an issue — “when you get out there, you forget about it,” he explained.

Regardless of what Ryan says, this is going to be a focal point throughout the season. The Sens paid a small bounty to acquire his services last summer knowing he had just two years remaining on his current deal, and year one in Ottawa was something of a bust; Ryan was OK, scoring 23 goals and 48 points in 70 games, but the Sens missed the playoffs and Ryan missed the final 12 games of the regular season with a sports hernia.

(He was also infamously snubbed from the U.S. Olympic team, in case you forgot that saga.)

The former Anaheim Duck could be eyeing free agency. Ryan turns 28 in March and has never gone unrestricted in his career, having inked  a five-year, $25.5 million pact with Anaheim following the expiration of his entry-level contract. If Ryan does intend on testing the market, Ottawa could find itself in a position where it’s forced to move him at the deadline, rather than face the prospect of losing one of its key assets for nothing.

That said, Ryan is saying all the right things to suggest he wants to stick in the Canadian capital. He said he’s talked to GM Bryan Murray and head coach Paul MacLean about an increased leadership role — important, since Ottawa’s last two captains are no longer with the team — and said he’d like to expand his on-ice duties, which includes getting time on the penalty kill.

Update: Seems as though the seven-year deal is pretty much official, given this tweet from the Ottawa Citizen’s Wayne Scanlan…

Report: No talks between Sens and Methot

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The Ottawa Senators and defenseman Marc Methot haven’t had discussions regarding a contract extension in two weeks according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Methot, who is entering the final year of his four-year, $12 million dollar deal, is believed to be seeking an extension in the five-year, $5.5 million per year range similar to that of Washington Capitals’ Brooks Orpik.

Garrioch says the term isn’t what’s scaring off the Sens at this point, but the value of the deal is too rich for GM Bryan Murray.

As mentioned in the piece, the Sens have seven defenseman signed to one-way contracts heading into training camp this month so if an extension can’t be worked out for Methot, a trade is likely.

Murray has already successfully negotiated new deals with forward Clarke MacArthur and goaltender Craig Anderson last month.

Forwards Bobby Ryan and Erik Condra along with Methot are the only remaining Sens heading into the final year of their deals with unrestricted free agency looming.

Methot, an Ottawa native, has spent the past two seasons with the Sens after coming over from Columbus where he played the first six years of his career.

Related: Sens’ Bobby Ryan signs extension… with a fan

Sens’ Bobby Ryan signs extension… with a fan


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.

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