Senators acquire Bobby Ryan from Ducks
On the same day the Ottawa Senators saw the best player in franchise history walk away in free agency, they made a deal for a young superstar.
A short time after Daniel Alfredsson left to join the Detroit Red Wings, the Senators acquired forward Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks. Ottawa sent Jakob Silfverberg, prospect Stefan Noesen and their first round selection in next year’s draft to Anaheim.
Ryan, 26, has been the subject of trade rumors over the past few seasons due to Anaheim’s cap restrictions. The Ducks locked up their other two stars, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, earlier this season, a precursor to Ryan’s end in Anaheim.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be past it all. I’m just happy I can push re-start and try this whole thing again,” Ryan told the Ottawa Sun about his new home.
Although he’s a four time 30-goal scorer, Ryan knows it’s impossible to make Senators fans forget about the loss of their longtime captain.
“When I first got the call and somebody mentioned (replacing Alfredsson) to me, I thought ‘Oh God, how do you do that and how do you step into that role?’ Replacing Alfie is not going to happen. What I’m going to do is just play my game,” he added.
Silfverberg scored 10 goals and added nine assists in his rookie season. Noesen was Ottawa’s first-round pick in 2011 and had 82 points while playing with Plymouth in the Ontario Hockey League.
It was the best hockey deal I was offered,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray told the L.A. Times. “When you’re trading a guy the caliber of Bobby, you’ve got to get a deal that helps you now and helps you in the future.”