Congrats to the Ducks. I'm a bit of a Ducks fan as I've had Perry in my keeper pool and currently have Getz. I think this is a fair deal for the team and for Ryan. Go out there and get it done now silver. Except against the Habs.
Bobby Ryan ultimately revealed the real reason why he agreed on the five-year, $25.5-million contract that he signed on Tuesday to potentially keep him in a Ducks uniform until 2015.
Ryan needed to do so in order to be with the team for its annual golf tournament on Wednesday.
“Man, that’s a free round of golf,” he joked about the get-together at Irvine’s Oak Creek Golf Club. “I didn’t want to give that up.”
Watching that video, it doesn't quite add up. It seems like a major sticking point was the structure of the deal, Bobby wanting the money straight across and Murray clearly wanting to backload it. The question is, why? According to my calculations, we're still quite shy of the year's budget. Even if Mara signed for like $1.5 million(highly unlikely), we'd still be under budget by around $2.5-5 million. Sure, being under budget is great, but to be a deal breaker, something's gotta be up.
That Q&A certainly confirmed one thing for me, the whole debacle was his agent's doing. Can't blame the guy for doing his job, but definitely clears up any speculation that Bobby was the second coming of Kariya in terms of greed, or whatever some other posters thought.