The Ottawa Senators team Twitter account announced Friday morning that they have bought out forward Bobby Ryan's contract. The deal currently has two more seasons remaining at $7.25 million cap hit.

This is unfortunate, given Ryan’s story and late season comeback as he missed time this season and checked into rehab for alcohol abuse. When he was able to return, he made the most of it, scoring a hattrick in his first home game in over three months.

While the buyout will be upsetting for many, it makes sense for the Senators management. Ryan has not lived up to the big seven-year contract he signed with the Senators prior to the 2015-16 season. He was limited to 24 games this past season, but still only managed to post eight points.

Though his time with the Senators has come to an end, a team will likely still take a flyer on the 2005 second overall pick. Despite struggling the past few seasons, everyone knows how talented Ryan is. There is a reason he has 254 goals and 555 career points. Perhaps starting fresh, along with being on the road to recovery, he will be able to turn back the clock and be the player he once was.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020  (12H26)