Bobby Ryan signs seven-year extension with Ottawa Senators


Forward Bobby Ryan and the Ottawa Senators have agreed to a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension, according to multiple reports. The winger will make an average of $7.25 million per season. This extension will also keep the Cherry Hill, NJ native from hitting the free agent market following the 2014-2015 season.

Ryan, 27, was acquired via trade from the Anaheim Ducks during the summer of 2013 for Jakob Silfverberg, Stefan Noesen and Ottawa’s first round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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While playing in Anaheim, Ryan was a three-time All Star and consistent offensive force. In six seasons (2007-2013) with the Ducks, Ryan suited up in 378 games, posting 147 goals and 142 assists for 289 points. His 71-point output (34 goals, 37 assists) during the 2010-2011 campaign remains his best to date.

In his first season with the Senators, Ryan’s numbers dipped slightly. In 70 games, he collected 23 goals and 48 points. With Jason Spezza now in Dallas, Ryan will be expected to produce more offensively in his second season in Ottawa.

The Senators finished the 2013-2014 season with a 37-31-14 record, good for 88 points and a fifth place finish in the Atlantic Division. However, Ottawa fell five points shy of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Senators will open the 2014-2015 season on the road against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 9.

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