ESPN’s E.J. Hradek reported that Ryan will be paid $3.25 million in the coming 2010-11 season and $5,562,500 in each of the remaining four years. A source told the Register that the contract does not contain either a no-trade clause or a no-movement clause. Ryan is expected to sign this afternoon.
Ryan, who scored a team-leading 35 goals and had 29 assists for the Ducks last season, was offered congratulations from his Team USA teammate, Erik Johnson of the St. Louis Blues, via Twitter:
Congrats to @b_ryan9 on signing his new deal! Also congrats to McDonalds in Anaheim, who wont go bankrupt now becuz of Bobby. #bobbybigmac
The contract for Ryan is similar, albeit slightly less lucrative, than the five-year extensions signed by fellow Ducks Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, both of whom have three years remaining on their deals.
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Ducks Fans – After thinking about it for the last few months, I’ve decided to return to play for the Ducks. I’m excited about the summer additions the team has made. I know this team can win.
The longer I thought about it, the more I got the feeling that I’m not done yet. Last week or so I got stronger feelings I wanted to play more. I really like what Bob Murray has done in the summertime.
Teemu Selanne told Finnish news outlet Urheilu Lehti Friday that he plans to play one more season, and that a return to the Anaheim Ducks will be finalized in a few days. The report was translated by TSN:
“I made the decision to continue my career,” he told the magazine. “In fact, it has been clear for a long time. Negotiations are now ready to begin.”
In addition, Selanne is looking forward to a reunion with longtime Ducks teammate Paul Kariya.
Selanne also told the Journal that he’s made a pitch to the Ducks and former teammate Paul Kariya for a reunion in Anaheim.
“I’ve talked to Paul and the Ducks,” said Selanne. “Paul has been waiting for my decision and I hope things move forward,” he said.
Selanne and Kariya were teammates for five and a half seasons in Anaheim, and last played together for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2003-2004 campaign. The duo are first and second in Ducks franchise history in goals, assists, and points.
Right winger Bobby Ryan, the Ducks leading scorer last season with 35 goals, turned down a five-year, $25 million deal, per club Vice President / General Manager Bob Murray in a press conference Thursday:
We increased our offer yesterday on Bobby Ryan. We went to five years at $5 million a year. I’m thinking after what I heard him say last week that that would be very close. We also offered a four-year deal at a lower number and they flat out turned that down as quick as you can say it.
Asked if there would be more talks with Ryan, Murray said there wouldn’t be anytime soon:
Not in the foreseeable future from my standpoint. As I said before, I offered Bobby Ryan five years at $5 million yesterday. He said no quickly. I offered him a four-year deal, he said no quickly. Basically, that situation is nowhere. As you recall, Bobby stated that he would like to be just under Getzlaf and Perry. Well, five at five is just under those guys.
So what’s the thinking here? For Bobby, he’s dealing with a 5.325M ceiling in Anaheim (established by Getzlaf), and a four year contract would take him to the ripe age of 27 and his first crack at unrestricted free agency. For the Ducks, they’d like to either give him a contract comparable to Getzlaf and Perry’s and get an extra year of otherwise UFA time out of him or, if they have to take him directly to UFA status, get a reduced price.
Bobby could explore offer sheets, of course, and try to get 4 yrs/20M from another team, but I don’t know how many teams would be willing to play Bobby’s negotiator and make an offer that will just be matched. Of course, an offer like 4 yrs/25M becomes multiple first round picks and increases the chances you take Ryan home, but does anyone have that to spend?
Koivu was signed for two years, $5 million dollars, per Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times. Murray said the deal came close to not happening:
Last night, I had thought I lost Saku for sure. I just thought it didn’t sound right. They were going to look at some other numbers and had every right to. That didn’t bother me. I just didn’t think it was going to happen with the lack of centermen out there. I don’t think it hurt (signing Lydman). I’ve been very straight with Saku about my plans and intentions for the hockey team. We’ve had some really good talks over the last month and a half.
Toni Lydman is a third or fourth defenseman, who eats up minutes and does everything well. He plays power play, penalty killing and is a real solid two-way defenseman, which we needed desperately. He is a good player and a good citizen.
Both Koivu and Lydman are natives of Finland, as is Teemu Selanne, who turns 40 on Saturday and has been with the Ducks for the past five seasons. Asked if Koivu's signing will help Selanne return, Murray responded:
I don’t know yet. I still think Teemu is thinking. Obviously, they have the same agent. We’ll see what the next couple of days bring.