Bobby Ryan is delighted to be a member of the Ottawa Senators, though he doesn't feel any pressure to fill the skates of recently departed captain Daniel Alfredsson.
The Senators acquired Ryan, the second player chosen in the 2005 NHL Draft, from the Anaheim Ducks on July 5. The deal was announced not long after Alfredsson, Ottawa's longtime captain and the face of the franchise, left the Senators to sign with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent.
No matter how well Ryan may perform on the ice, he knows that replacing Alfredsson's impact on the Senators and the community figures to be impossible.
"I don't think there's anyone who's going to take that place, especially with what he's done in the community," Ryan told the media on Wednesday in his first visit to Ottawa since the trade. "If anyone's going to do that, it's going to be Spezz [Jason Spezza].
For now, though, the New Jersey native is delighted to be back in the East and is ready to get started with his new team.