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Bobby Ryan loves Ottawa, could see long-term future with Senators

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Bobby Ryan had 23 goals, 25 assists in 70 games this season. (Getty Images)
Bobby Ryan had 23 goals, 25 assists in 70 games this season. (Getty Images)

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Bobby Ryan could have had a better first season in Ottawa with the Senators. He dealt with a bad back for much of the season before recently being shut down so he can have surgery, he didn't make the US Olympic team and the Sens have failed to live up to preseason hopes.

Still, Ryan seems to have enjoyed Ottawa enough in his one year after a trade from Anaheim to consider staying beyond next season when he is slated to hit free agency. He hasn't given a ton of thought to it yet but when it comes time, it sounds like Ottawa is going to be in a pretty good spot.

From Sportsnet:

"I love it here, we [Ryan and fiancee Danielle Rhodes] love it here more importantly," said Ryan. "It's been a great change for us. When the time comes if that's the route [general manager Bryan Murray] wants to go to sit down and have conversations we'll certainly do that."

Ryan went as far as saying that he could even see himself having a long future with Ottawa.

Now you never can make any guarantees with Ottawa given their strict budget constraints. Given his status as a regular 30-goal scorer prior to this injury season, his previous salary cap hit of $5.1 million was a pretty nice deal for the teams. If he has a solid rebound and gets back to that level after his injury (he's expected to be fine by next season's start), he can expect to get a raise.

Tight budget or not, you have to imagine that when the Senators traded for Ryan they were likely doing so with the intention of trying to keep him beyond two seasons and if that's the case, it should be music to GM Bryan Murray's ears that Ryan says he loves it in Ottawa.

 
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