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Ryan Re-Signs with Ducks

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks have made it official that they have signed left wing Bobby Ryan to a five-year contract, running through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.  

"I want to say how excited I am to be moving forward with the Ducks organization," Ryan said. "I’m also very excited for where this team is headed and to be a part of it."

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"We’re pleased to have come to an agreement with Bobby before training camp," said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. "Bobby is already a proven NHL goal scorer at the age of 23 and certainly has his best years ahead of him.”

Ryan, 23 (3/17/87), scored a career-high 35-29=64 points over 81 contests in 2009-10. In his second full season (third overall) with Anaheim, the Cherry Hill, NJ native ranked second in the NHL among U.S.-born players in goal scoring (NJ’s Zach Parise had 38) and ranked tied for 10th in the NHL overall. Ryan led all Ducks in goals, ranked third in both points and plus/minus (+9), and second in both power play goals (11) and shots (258). He scored his 100th career NHL point with a game-winning goal on Dec. 29 vs. Minnesota in his 126th career game.

The 6-2, 208-pound winger won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. It was Ryan’s first Olympic appearance and second career Team USA appearance (also 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship). In six contests at Vancouver, he earned 1-1=2 points with two penalty minutes (PIM) and a +3 rating. His goal in Team USA’s 3-1 win over Switzerland in the preliminary round on Feb. 16 accounted for the first goal of the men’s hockey tournament.
Selected by Anaheim second overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Ryan was a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie) following the 2008-09 season. He scored 31-26=57 points in 64 games, leading all NHL rookies in goals, points, points-per-game (.89), power play goals (12) and shooting percentage (17.8%). Ryan was the first West Coast rookie (Pacific time zone) to lead the league in points since Luc Robitaille (LA) in 1986-87 (45-39=84). He also established club rookie records in both goals and points, and matched the club rookie record in assists (also Francois Beauchemin, 2005-06). In 168 career NHL games, Ryan has collected 71-60=131 points with 120 PIM and a +21 rating. He has also appeared in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff contests with Anaheim, earning 5-2=7 points, advancing with the club to Game 7 of the Conference Semifinals in 2009 vs. Detroit.

Ryan spoke to media via conference call Tuesday afternoon:

On signing for five years instead of a shorter term
I understood after speaking with Bob Murray a few times why he did not want to do that. Getzlaf and Perry are up at that time. They would like me to hold down the fort in case one of those guys goes elsewhere. The biggest thing for me was trying to figure out where those guys were going to be moving in three years. After speaking with those guys, they are both committed to this team and organization. I felt a lot better doing a five-year deal.

The length was one of the things that jammed us up for a little bit. It wasn’t a secret that we were try to entertain a smaller deal going forward. Not so much from a financial standpoint, but from a strategy standpoint. You have guys like Getzlaf and Perry up in three years and those are some big names to attach yourself to. I have hitched on their wagon and I enjoy it. We had to figure out some structure and term issues after we came to the number. The number was agreed upon earlier than most people thought. It was just trying to get it to be a flat rate almost and feel comfortable that it was a win-win for both sides.

On the negotiation process
For something that was supposed to be done by July 1, it was a long summer. It made for a trying summer. You get phone calls from time to time and then everybody takes a month off between those calls. I felt good about the fact that Bob made it clear he wasn’t going to trade me. I made it clear I wasn’t seeking trades or offer sheets. It was just more circumstance between the two sides trying to come to an agreement together.

On any other offers he received
I made it pretty clear that I wasn’t going to entertain. My agent understood that. There was speculation that a couple of teams were putting it together. For most of the summer, I just tried to turn my phone and internet off. I only took calls from a few people.

On his preparation for the upcoming season
I have taken a much different approach. I stayed true to our strength and conditioning coach’s program for the most part. I worked out a little bit closer to Newport Beach with some of the other guys who were in the area for the summer. For the first time, I didn’t have to focus all summer on getting my weight down. I was already where I wanted to be. This summer was about putting on size in some areas and getting a little more fluid on the ice. I think I achieved both those things and I feel great right now. I am very excited that I don’t have to take any time off here through training camp and I can get right out there with the guys.

On the 2010-11 Ducks
I think we’re going to be underrated, which isn’t ultimately a bad thing. Any time, you get guys like Teemu who feel good about it and want to contribute, that is a good thing. Saku is ready to play another and is looking forward to it. Getz had an injury at the end of the year, but he’s been on the ice and looks good.  A lot of the focus has been on our defense and the pressure that is going to be put on some young guys to step in. Having spent the summer with Sbisa again and I got to know Fowler a little bit, I feel good about where we’re going to be. Festerling and Mikkelson both look good as well. I think those are guys that are ready to step in out of the shadows that maybe they have been in the past couple of years. They can play some big minutes for us. Going forward, we certainly have a shot to compete. We’re going to be a team that nobody is going to want to play seven times because we’re going to stay true to our style.

On his goals for his own game moving forward
I would ultimately like to take on the same role. I’d like to try to put up points and goals. There have been talks about me playing center this year, so if it give me more of a role defensively in our zone, I’m open to that. For me, this biggest thing is to not get away from the things that have made me successful, whether that is driving to the net or working in the corners.

On talking with Getzlaf and Perry during the summer

I spoke with Getzy quite a bit during the summer. He was in and out of town. When he was here, we train together. He and I have a pretty close relationship. I always picked his brain on what he thought. Guys are always hesitant to give an answer that is three years down the road. I think Getzy is pretty comfortable with the Ducks organization and he loves it here in Southern California. Just getting that feeling out of him makes you think that down the road, he is going to try his best to stay here. There are always circumstances, but I felt much better speaking with him quite that he was going to be here long-term as well. Perry was back East all summer. But we texted and talked quite a bit and I got the same feeling from him.

Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray also spoke with reporters on Tuesday afternoon:

On getting Bobby Ryan signed for five years
Talks were kind of stalled. It was critical to get five years. He’s a really good, young hockey player. He’s a big part of our future. I was always trying to get to the five years. I understood exactly what they were doing.  It’s all part of the process. We just waited because we wanted the five years. I think it’s a very fair contract for both sides.

On being worried if Ryan would get an offer sheet
Oh yeah, that was all part of it. We’ve seen it a few times before lately, where the threat of an offer sheet or the fact it might happen is definitely a hammer for one side. All along, Bobby didn’t want to leave. He wants to play here. Our young players want to play in Anaheim. That is big, really big. That is fortunate for us that they do. We have three really good, young players tied up.

On Ryan talking with Getzlaf and Perry in the summer
It would have been news to me if one of them said they did not want to be here. Both those young guys like it here. They wanted to stay. It’s wonderful that they are communicating like that. It would have been more news if one of them was unhappy and didn’t want to be here.

On the importance of getting the deal done before training camp
That is why we spoke to Bobby a couple of times here down the stretch.  I reached out to him and said ‘Look, history is not on the side of the guy sitting out a little bit.’ It doesn’t work well for the team or the player. Bobby has become a really good team guy and he understood that. He was pushing to get this done as much as I was. Pretty much for now, we’re set going into camp. I’m very comfortable where we are at this moment. We’ll see what develops in the early going.

On Ryan in the future

This is another step for Bobby. This is now out of the way. He is a big part of this hockey team. He has been growing by leaps and bounds. I fully expect that process to continue. Part of that is leadership and taking responsibility for how we do. I am confident Bobby is going to take that step forward.

On having a core of players locked up for at least three years
It’s been rocky the last few years. We’re not going to kid anybody. We got ourselves into the mess of making it rocky. Slowly, we’re getting back to some stability here. Let’s hope we can keep going with this.
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