Bobby Ryan shoots to revive career with rebuilding Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) - Bobby Ryan was looking for a fresh start and a place to revive his career after being partially marred by alcohol problems.
Ryan was sold with the Detroit Red Wings.
A lengthy conversation with General Manager Steve Yzerman sealed the deal, although it was the first conversation Ryan had with suitors during the NHL Free Agency.
"It was a 45-minute call that made me feel like it fit right without knowing what else was out there," Ryan said Friday after signing a one-year deal with the Red Wings for $ 1 million had agreed.
Detroit had the worst team in the NHL last season, but Yzerman told Ryan the team would be better and he could be a big part of the turnaround by getting plenty of ice age to prove that his once promising career is not over .
Ryan, 33, missed more than two months last season after joining the NHL / NHLPA player support program in November 2019. After returning to training in February, he publicly shared his story in hopes of inspiring others facing similar challenges.
The Ottawa Senators bought him waivers last month and made him available. He had five goals and eight points in 24 games for the Senators last season and won the Masterton Trophy, the NHL's award for endurance.
"What a whirlwind year," said Ryan.
He had two years left on his contract, which was capped at $ 7.25 million. Ryan, who was drafted No. 2 overall by Anaheim in 2005, has 254 goals and 301 assists in the Ducks and Senators.
A decade ago, Ryan was among the league's top scorers when he scored 35 and 34 goals in consecutive years.
"I have selfish dreams of going back to the Bobby Ryan that I was," he said.
DEFENSEMAN DOMINO EFFECT
While opposing teams checked in with top defenders Alex Pietrangelo and Torey Krug, the Washington Capitals continued their blue line by signing Justin Schultz on a two-year $ 8 million deal.
The move came days after the team learned that Michal Kempny would miss 6-8 months with a torn Achilles tendon and signed Brenden Dillon for $ 15.6 million over a four-year period. The new coach Peter Laviolette can now bring out the top 4 of the runner-up in the Norris Trophy, John Carlson, Dillon, Dmitry Orlov and Schultz, ahead of Ilya Samsonov and the new goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist.
"We have some flexibility now," said Brian MacLellan, general manager of Capitals. "I think we like (Schultz) 's offensive potential, his ability to join the onslaught, his ability to quarter a power game. I think Peter's teams activate defense aggressively." So we tried to find a man who would fit this bill. "
Wayne Simmonds took less money from the Toronto Maple Leafs than the Montreal Canadiens to play in his hometown.
Simmonds signed a one-year contract for $ 1.5 million to give the qualified team what he called "functional toughness." The 32-year-old from Scarborough, Ontario, who produced many NHL talent, called himself a proud Toronto native with deep roots.
"I was born and raised in Toronto, so obviously I loved my upbringing here," said Simmonds, who has a 16-month-old daughter. "It's nice to think that I know I can raise my daughter in Toronto too. So obviously that helped."
Simmonds isn't the only one getting closer to home. Long Island's Anthony Bitetto signed with the New York Rangers, and Jon Merrill signed a one-year contract with the Red Wings, a team he formed when he was a child in Brighton, Michigan.
AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.
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