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Morning Line - Dave Hodge on Bobby Ryan

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.

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He does not deserve to make more money than any member of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings

Huh? Bobby Ryan deserves to make less than, say, Jordan Nolan? Not sure what Hodge is trying to say there, but I’m sure it’s something dumb.

Posted by happyrock on 10/04/14 at 11:31 AM ET

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Happyrock, I think he meant that Ryan will be paid more than any one of the players on the Kings (which wouldn’t be the case if their top players contracts had been signed after the most recent lockout, aside from “hometown discounts”). He just worded it terribly.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 10/04/14 at 12:54 PM ET

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