Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan only has one more season left on his contract which means his future is going to be a hot topic of discussion for the next 12 months or so. However, if his comments made to the Ottawa Citizen are to be believed, the former 30 goal scorer could already be in the city where he plans to be for a long time.
“For me, I love it here. We love it here, more importantly. It’s been a great change for us,” said Ryan, in reference to his fiancée, Danielle Rhodes. “So, when the time comes, if that’s the route Bryan wants to go, we’ll sit down and have a conversation, certainly we’ll do that.”
Ryan was asked if he could see himself being in Ottawa on a long-term contract.
“Yeah, absolutely, and I said that in Anaheim,” said Ryan, drafted second overall by the Ducks in 2005, just behind Sidney Crosby. “When you get drafted by an organization or traded to an organization, you want to reward that organization, you want to be a part of that organization for a long-term deal.
In his first season with the Senators, Ryan finished with 23 goals and 48 points in 70 games before being shut down last week after undergoing sports hernia surgery. It marks Ryan’s first full season since his rookie year — he had five — in which he didn’t reach the 30-goal mark. He only had 11 in 2013, but that season was shortened to 48 games due to the NHL lockout.
Ryan has a cap hit of $5.1 million in 2014-2015, and will likely command a bit more when it comes time to sit down and negotiate a new deal. Should Ottawa be willing to meet his demands, Ryan could be calling the capital city of Canada home for a long time.