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Ryan discusses his contract, says it works for him

29 octobre 2019
The only thing that seems to be working well for Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan lately is the amount of money he's being paid. The 32-year-old, who is making more than $7 million per season, was a healthy scratch for Ottawa's last game on Sunday against the San Jose Sharks. It seemed to work well for the Sens, as they won the game 5-2. Ryan was asked recently if he could sympathize with Roberto Luongo, who had famously said he had a bad contract while playing for the Vancouver Canucks. Ryan didn't bite.

"I think my contract is ok, it works for me," Ryan said with a smile. However, he got a little more serious when elaborating on the question.

"Everybody's got an agent and they did their job," he added. "You can laugh about it all you want. Obviously, everything gets magnified because of it and I understand that. Have I lived up to it? Yes, at times to portions of the contract, and to some other portions of the contract, absolutely not. And I understand that. But I'm not going to say it sucks."

Whether Ryan has ever lived up to even portions of the contract is debatable. His best two seasons with the Sens came in 2014-15 and 2015-16 when he had 54 and 56 points respectively. While decent, it's arguable whether that's worth the $14.5 million he made for those two seasons combined. Those were the only two seasons with Ottawa so far that he's managed to crack the 50 point mark. Perhaps the comparison is a bit unfair as his contract is one of the best values in the NHL, but David Pastrnak has an AAV of $6.66 million and had 81 points last season and 80 the year before that.

The Senators hit the ice again Saturday against the Boston Bruins. No word yet on whether Ryan will be watching from the press box once again.

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