Sens get Bobby Ryan from Anaheim

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A day that started so badly for Senators fans with the departure of captain Daniel Alfredsson just got a lot more exciting — in a trade first reported by the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, the club has acquired star forward Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks.

Going to Anaheim: 22-year-old forward Jakob Silfverberg, 20-year-old prospect Stefan Noesen, and a first-round pick.

Ryan has been the subject of trade rumors for some time now. The 26-year-old American, who can already boast four 30-plus-goal seasons in the NHL, has two years left on his contract (cap hit $5.1 million) before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

Following the big contracts awarded to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and with UFA forwards Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne still unsigned, the Ryan trade should come as no real surprise. The Ducks have shown a willingness to spend money in the past, but they’re not among the NHL’s leaders in revenue-generation.

For the Sens, Ryan gives them a proven sniper to play with top center Jason Spezza (or possibly Kyle Turris depending on chemistry).

Ottawa also signed Clarke MacArthur today.