Patience Is A Virtue For Ducks

The Anaheim Ducks and Bobby Ryan finally came to agreement on a 5-year $25.5 million deal on Tuesday.  Ryan, a restricted free agent, had previously stated his desire to remain with the franchise that selected him second overall in the 2005 NHL entry draft.  The reported deal is nearly identical to one rejected by Ryan earlier this summer, which raises the question of ‘what was that all about’?  Regardless, the Anaheim Ducks should be happy that they’ve locked up a two-time 30 goal scorer who’s just 23, and Ryan should be happy that he got that scrilla.

Ryan’s cap hit will be $5.1 million for the next five seasons, slightly less than those belonging to the other 2/3 of Anaheim’s big three Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, who both sit at a cap hit of $5.325 million for the next three seasons.  A sticking point in the previously rejected deal was the length; Ryan was reportedly seeking a 3-year deal worth more than $5M per, while the club was firm in offering a 5-year contract.

Ryan was the subject of offer sheet rumour mongers all summer, but Ducks’ general manager Bob Murray made it abundantly clear that the team would match any offer floated Ryan’s way.  Murray and company waited Ryan out, and in the end, he gets his desired dollars and the Ducks get their term.

With the Ryan signing, the Ducks still sit nearly $6 million under the salary cap, space that can be used to add some depth on the blue line.  Ryan led Anaheim in goals with 35 in 2009-10, and finished third in scoring with 64 points.  The 2010-11 Anaheim Ducks will be looking to build upon their 11th place finish in the West last season, they did not qualify for the playoffs after appearing in the postseason the previous four years.