It's been a busy morning in Ottawa with lots of excitement. Here's a round-up of this morning's news.
Bobby Ryan signing announcement:
The contract will carry an AAV of $7.25 million. #Sens— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 2, 2014
Bobby Ryan contract breakdown:
Bobby Ryan deal has full NMC/partial NTC: Can't be waived or assigned but has to give list of 10 teams if requested for no trade— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 2, 2014
Bobby Ryan extension breakdown: 6.5 7 7.25 7.5 7.5 7.5 7.5— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 2, 2014
Again, this looks like a pretty decent deal for both the player and the team. Ryan would likely have commanded at least this if he hit the open market in the summer (maybe more if the 2015 UFA class ends up as weak as it's looking). With the $10M+ deals handed out this summer to superstars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, $7M+ looks like fairly reasonable star money. Ryan's contract is pretty similar in dollars to the deal Spezza signed at the beginning of the 2007-2008 (which would kick in the following year). The cap was $56M then, it will probably be $10M more at least when the first season of Ryan's new deal kicks in and keep rising.
Bobby Ryan quotes:
Melnyk confirms 7-year contract extension for Bobby Ryan. "He is truly the type of player we want to build our team around."— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) October 2, 2014
Bobby Ryan: "We feel like we have found the place we can start a family and call home. It was almost a no-brainier for us."— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) October 2, 2014
Ryan winks at Karlsson and says "turn it over to the more important stuff today"— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) October 2, 2014
Ryan says that the longer term offer was what convinced him to commit to the Senators now and not earlier. #cbcott— Dan Séguin (@SeguinSports) October 2, 2014
Ryan says "I want to say how thrilled we are to make a long-term commitment to the city of Ottawa." #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) October 2, 2014
"When it came to this decision it was fairly easy ... it was almost a no-brainer for us," says Ryan. #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) October 2, 2014
When a player signs a seven-year deal to remain with your organization, he probably likes both the city and the fit he has with the team. Still, it's always nice to hear this kind of positive reinforcement.
That Dan Seguin tweet is interesting. It seems like the September rumoured/leaked contract details about the Ryan detail were, for the most part, accurate, but the Seguin tweet suggest the seven-year term is a recent development.
The Reign of King Karlsson:
It's official... pic.twitter.com/JfFG20pW3h— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 2, 2014
The internal debate within Sens was whether they should wait or not on Karlsson being named captain.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 2, 2014
Just a few weeks ago Sens GM said they leaning towards starting year with A's only. But I think most of front office/coaches wanted C now— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 2, 2014
Karlsson was always the only choice, it was only a question of when the timing was right— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) October 2, 2014
Poor Chris Phillips. Seriously though, it's glad to see the organization fully embracing the present and future of this club and moving away from a leadership group that is increasingly part of the past (or other teams).
Kalrsson: "I’ll never be Alfie, I’ll never be Spezt. I’ll never be anyone else. I’ll be myself…(1/2)— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) October 2, 2014
Karlsson… "and I’ll lead probably in a different way than other players will." (2/2)— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) October 2, 2014
Karlsson: "It’s an incredible opportunity and it’s a task that is very rare and it’s not something that I think you can prepare for"— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) October 2, 2014
What Karlsson learned from Alfredsson as far as being captain: "The most important thing was being around him and how he acts with people."— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) October 2, 2014
Karlsson " and it’s a little surprising for me as well and it’s is a bit very overwhelming as well…" (con’t)— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) October 2, 2014
Karlsson "and i’m very excited about the next chapter now and moving forward and taking the responsibility for what is to come."— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) October 2, 2014
Karlsson is still relatively young, but he's already spent five seasons in the NHL. Only Chris Phillips and Chris Neil have been Senators for longer than Karlsson and he's been in the capital as long as Milan Michalek. It might sound weird after an era of lifers and near-lifers, but Karlsson represents longevity in Ottawa. One of the worries about giving younger players the captaincy is that they're not ready for it, but Karlsson wants the honour and roll and has been around longer than most young captains in the league.
The inevitable Aflie quotes:
Erik Karlsson had a 40-minute phone conversation with Daniel Alfredsson this morning to tell him the news about his captaincy.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) October 2, 2014
Karlsson spoke to Alfie this morning. Blessing received. #c— Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) October 2, 2014
Karlsson spoke to former #senators captain Daniel Alfredsson for 40 minutes this morning about living with the "C".— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) October 2, 2014
I'm glad this was a thing this morning.
Murray says he sent Methot's camp a new offer.— Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) October 2, 2014
Lost in all of this today: Bryan Murray confirms they have made another contract offer to Marc Methot camp. Waiting for a response.— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) October 2, 2014
Poor Methot. It looks like the leaked Ryan contract details were accurate (keep in mind the Seguin tweet) and if that's the case the situation just got a lot harder for the Methot camp. The public negotiating in September didn't help the player's cause in the eyes of many fans and Ryan committing long term to the organization won't either.
Without knowing the team's budget for next season or how much TV broadcasting rights with improve things, it's hard to know if signing both Ryan and Methot are in the team's plans. The Senators have reservations about committing big money to Methot long term and with the log jam on the blue line, plus Methot's perceived value, trade talk might increase.
How we're all feeling:
#SENS OH MY GOD EVERYONE KARLSSON IS CAPTAIN EVERYONE AHHHH IM IN CLASS AND SCREAMING INTERNALLY SO HARD MY FEELINGS ARE RUPTURING— γahunʒry ʒhost (@yahongc) October 2, 2014
UUUMMM SHUT UP I JUST SCROLLED DOWN SOME MORE AND RYAN SIGNED ON FOR SEVEN YEARS?!?!?!?! HAHA WOW HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO FUNCTION TODAY AAHHH— γahunʒry ʒhost (@yahongc) October 2, 2014