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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
When the Ottawa Senators signed Bobby Ryan to a long-term extension earlier this month, it removed what would have been the team’s biggest distraction in terms of a negative, nagging story line.
But another loose end remains. Top-four blueliner Marc Methot is an unrestricted free agent after the season and contract talks have not produced an extension to this point.
The Senators made a contract offer two weeks ago but to no avail. It’s believed talks will resume this week.
What’s clear is this: the Senators front office does not want this to drag on all season into the trade deadline.
more plus some tanking talk...
My thumb is down to the Bobby Ryan contract, and the way such things are analyzed these days, it has to be.
Never mind that the Ottawa Senators might have had no choice but to reward Ryan with a seven year, $50 million deal, in any pertinent comparison, Ryan is getting more money than he deserves. He does not deserve to make more money than any member of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, and for that matter, he doesn't deserve to be the highest-paid player on his own team. Unless, of course, he scores 40 goals, and to do that he'll need plenty of help from linemates Kyle Turris and Clarke McArthur, whose two salaries combined don't add up to Ryan's.
The seven-year term is a potential problem all its own. For all of the players the Senators have been unable to satisfy or to keep, they can only hope that Ryan doesn't represent an even bigger problem - a player with whom they are stuck with.
-Dave Hodge of TSN. Hodge also gives a thumb up to coach Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
from Ian Mendes of TSN,
Yesterday evening - a few hours after he signed his new contract extension with the Ottawa Senators - Bobby Ryan posted a fairly harmless tweet about the Thursday night NFL game.
@b_ryan9: Oh man. Is Rodgers going to throw for 450 tonight?
The reaction was immediate and harsh. And no, it wasn't from Minnesota Vikings fans who were upset with Ryan's comment about how Aaron Rodgers was carving up their defense. Instead, the first responders to the tweet were a wave of Philadelphia Flyers fans who were crushed that Ryan had chosen to stay with Ottawa instead of becoming a free agent and returning to his hometown near Philadelphia.
A small sampling of the responses:
@SauceItup: @b_ryan9: Are you coming to Philly? Should answer your question. :(
@FlyersNation: @b_ryan9: Why Bobby why
@FlyersTime: @b_ryan9: you betrayed us #flyers
@jDundon29: @b_ryan9: Well well it's Bobby "no Philly" Ryan
So after his media scrum ended this morning, I decided to ask Ryan if he paid much attention to the negativity coming out of Philadelphia since he signed his contract extension 24 hours earlier. He immediately started to laugh and pulled out his phone from his pocket. "Actually, I got to show you the best one, because the picture was so good."
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
This is the type of news conference the Ottawa Senators would very much like to have, and they’ve been few and far between over the last few years.
Instead of explaining to the media the stunning exit of longtime captain Daniel Aldredsson two years ago or Jason Spezza’s trade request granted this past offseason, the Sens had smiles on their faces Thursday in announcing a double-whammy of good news: Bobby Ryan was signed to a seven-year extension and Erik Karlsson was named captain.
Stability, for now, for a franchise that needs it.
Ryan, who would have been one of the top names in unrestricted free agency on July 1, instead stays put, which not only curtails the exodus of top players out of Ottawa for now, but also eliminated what would have been a season-long distraction for him and the organization. No question he would have been trade-bait had he not signed and if the Senators were not in a playoff spot come March.
via Elliotte Friedman tweets,
Hearing OTT signs Bobby Ryan to a 7-year extension. AAV just over $7m per.
Ryan extension: 7 years, $50.75M
Watch the announcement live below...
added 9:35am, Erik Karlsson named captain at the press conference too.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Methot couldn't participate in Friday's skate test, but practised Saturday and played in Sunday's intra-squad game. He has not participated in any of the team's four exhibitions since, nor was he able to take part in Thursday's practice.
While negotiations on a contract extension for Methot have hit a standstill, there exists rumours the Senators are looking to trade him. Meanwhile, on Thursday MacLean labelled Methot a "top pairing" defenceman that is "virtually important to the success" of the team.
"We've tried to really monitor this, and be on top of this," MacLean said of Methot's injury. "Is it frustrating? For Marc, it is frustrating. For myself, we need him on the ice healthy, not 80 percent. At the start of the season we need players at 100 percent. When I say 70 or 80, I'm using that as a general term.
"In Marc's situation, he has something that's keeping him off the ice and we're trying to make sure we get it taken care of before the season starts. We're not going to just shovel him out there, just to have him out there. We want to make sure he's going to be able to do the things that he can do. We need him to be all that he can be, not just out there at 70%."
from Don Brennan of the OTtawa Sun,
Top scoring right winger Bobby Ryan was held out of the last half of Sunday's red-white match after he had his "bell rung" in a collision with his centre, Kyle Turris.
Ryan won't play in either of Monday's pre-season games against the New York Islanders, as doctors want to make sure he doesn't experience any concussion symptoms.
"It was a broken play," said Ryan. "Turrey was circling one way behind the net and I was circling the other. I think we both had a pretty good head of steam and never saw each other. I just took it right in the chin.
"It was alarming, I guess, is the right word for it. They were very, very cautious and just said let's calm things down right away. It used to be you get it rung and you go right back out. That's where protocol was put into place, because of all the incidents in years past. When I talked to everybody real quick they said it wasn't worth it to go back out in those conditions. Let's just call it a day and re-evaluate (Monday)."
Ryan said he hasn't had a concussion in a long time -- so long ago he can't remember.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators and Marc Methot are just $300,000 per year apart in negotiations on a contract extension.
It seems to be either a very workable gap or an excuse for Ottawa to solve its blueline logjam by trading the veteran defenceman.
Methot is beginning to think the latter.
"It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," a disappointed Methot told the Sun Tuesday.
Entering the final season on a contract that has a $3 million cap hit and pays him a $3.75 million salary, Methot, an Ottawa native, is willing to sign up long term for what he feels is a "hometown discount."
Every team wants to start its season on the right foot, but general manager Bryan Murray says training camp this season is vitally important for the Ottawa Senators.
"Maybe, we were too comfortable," he told TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie. "It looked to me that - the year before we had a lot of injuries and a number of the key guys didn't play very much - we came to camp with a full group, maybe we thought we were going to be better than we were going to be and, certainly, we didn't compete at the same level. There's no question. Maybe there was a comfort that the stars were back, so the other guys didn't have to work so hard."
Murray, heading into his eighth year at the helm of the club, insists that things will be different this season.
"At the end of last year, we had a long, intense meeting with all of management and coaching staff," he explained. "This year, a week ago, we had a sit-down again to review what we had talked about, but also have some objectives going forward starting with training camp and the first visit we have with our players. There's no question that we have a plan that we think it's going to allow our players to be more productive."
Watch the one-on-one interview Bob McKenzie had with Murray. At the beginning of the video, Bryan Murray discusses his health and says he is feeling OK now.
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