"That's how we felt when we were traded here and coming here, the organization is first class, they treat you like family. I think everybody in the room and the coaching room genuinely cares about each individual, and that says a lot about the people they've put in place here.
"I think the future is bright, no matter what happens with the five guys that are up next year," he said, referring to himself, Jason Spezza, Clarke MacArthur, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson. "I think there's a lot of positive things about this organization so I certainly don't see why we couldn't (contend)."
"That's something you want to be around."
Ryan, whose current deal carries a cap hit of $5.1 million, likes the idea of putting down some roots.
Ryan would be happy to stay
Ryan, who was hampered "to a degree" by the sports hernia he suffered in November, said he held off on the operation because he wanted to help the Senators get on track.
Ryan, an American who some fans here were reluctant to embrace for fear he'd bolt south as soon as he became a free agent in 15 months, made it quite clear he and fiance Danielle Rhodes have no desire to move.
"It's really fun. It makes you really think about the season and what's at stake. That's a change from what I've had, so I've enjoyed it."
"It's nice to be held accountable," said Ryan. "It's nice to be approached in the streets and have people talk about you, and bounce their ideas for the team off you, even though some of them are a little out there.
wants to go with, to sit down and have conversations, we'll certainly do that."
"We were very pleased with Bobby Ryan," said Senators coach Paul MacLean. "Like he said, he came in hot. The first 25 games he was on pace to score like he normally does, in the 30 35 goal range. Obviously, the injury he sustained and tried to play through, slowed him down and Under Armour Shoes Neon had a big affect on him, but his competitive level, his play without the puck, his play with the puck, we were pleased with it."
and laugh, because the novelty of it has worn off.
"Yeah, despite the weather," said Ryan. "Everybody that I've met on the street who knows the contract situation, makes sure to tell us right away this is the worst since (19)92, '94, whatever it might be. We just kind of smile Under Armour Curry 2 Black
"I love it here," said Ryan, one of five key Senators presently holding contracts that expire July 1, 2015. "We love it here, more importantly. It's been a great change for us. When the time comes, if that's what Bryan Under Armour Micro G Blue
"If we extend ask me in three years how I'm feeling about it."
"Once it's torn, it's torn. You're not going to get any worse. As long as we could try to manage the pain, I could play."
There's been plenty of speculation that Ryan would ultimately be drawn to the Flyers.
"I said it in Anaheim, when you get drafted by an organization or traded to an organization, you want to reward that organization," he stated. "You want to be part of like that for the long term. You want to take that team to new heights, and you want to be part of something special.
"Probably 5% of players in the NHL, if that, get to play with their hometown team," said Ryan. "If (everyone wanted to) Toronto would be full of guys.
"For me, I felt like being here, new team, new situation, we were up and down . I wanted to play," he said. "I wanted to compete with the guys.
That was no longer possible after he crashed into the end boards in Dallas March 22, ending his season at the 70 game mark, with 23 goals and 25 assists.
That, and a hockey market.
Ryan is no different than most players in that he wants to win a Cup, but he said he sees great potential to do that in Ottawa. He called this one a "weird" season, with all the team's inconsistencies, but he is encouraged by the potential of the Senators prospects.
"Because Clarkie and my family and myself are so close, I think that's always been a natural theme or progress, but outside of seeing them in the summer and skating with those guys (who play for the Flyers), it's never been a conversation (like) 'oh we'll see you 2015' . we've never had that conversation or anything like that."
Even after the winter that hit Canada's capital, eh?
In fact, Ryan would be more than happy to discuss lengthening the pact with GM Bryan Murray this July, as soon as it's permitted under league rules.
Bobby Ryan apparently knows how to leave a room, too.
The Senators winger who told Ottawa he was "coming in hot" when he was acquired in a trade from Anaheim last summer also said all the right things when he addressed the media Thursday, the first time he has talked since season ending surgery a week ago and probably the last time he'll do so until next September's Under Armour Curry One Men
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