It only took two prospects and the 2014 first round pick for the Ottawa Senators to land Bobby Ryan. There have been rumors of Ryan being on the move for a year or so; the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres have been rumored to want his services, but as Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray said about the Senators trade…
“It was the best hockey deal that I was offered for him,” Murray said in a conference call. “When you’re trading a guy the caliber of Bobby, you’ve got to get a deal that helps you now and in the future. That’s what we were looking for.(NHL.com)
This trade was as much a salary dump as any trade I have seen this year. The Ducks were too close to a salary cap that will be going down next season, and Murry just was not comfortable that close to the cap.
By dealing Ryan, Anaheim has $9.2 million worth of cap space, according to Capgeek.com. Murray typically likes to operate at about $2 million to $3 million under the cap.
The Senators gave up some young talent to get Ryan. Silfverberg, taken 39th overall in 2009, should be able to compete for a spot on the Ducks top line next year. In his first season he scored 10 goals and 19 points with the Sens. Silfverberg is said to be a two-way forward who can play on both wings. The Senators also had to give up Noesen. Noesen was selected 21st overall in 2011, and is a physical winger who is a border line second line player.
The Ducks took on some young talent in hopes they work out, but the Senators got a 30 goal scorer.
I’d say the Senators got the upper hand here.