Bobby Ryan

Bobby Ryan will add to a very young Senators team and will hope to help them take the next step in the playoffs.

Now there’s a Daniel Alfredsson replacement.

Earlier in the day, the Ottawa Senators learned that their long-time captain, Daniel Alfredsson, had signed with the Detroit Red Wings. They then signed winger Clarke MacArthur to “replace” Alfredsson. Well, now we know who the real replacement is as the Ottawa Senators make another splash, this time via trade, as they acquire Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Jakob Silfverberg, prospect Stefan Noesen and a first round draft pick in 2014.

Ryan, who turned 26 in March, is adding to what is an already very impressive and young Senators lineup. In 46 games last season, Ryan tallied 30 points in 46 games which would work out to around 52 points in an 82 game season. Ryan’s 30 points would have made him the Sens leader in points last season. Ryan, who hails from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, has been rumored to be in trade talks for some time now and the Ducks finally let him go. Ryan has two years left on his contract with a cap hit of $5.1 million.

With the addition of Ryan, you can expect him to be playing on the top line with Jason Spezza and Colin Greening or Milan Michalek while newly signed Clarke MacArthur should get second line minutes with  Kyle Turris and either Greening or Michalek. Ottawa added two very nice pieces today and filled a need that they desperately needed filling: scoring.

As for Anaheim, they didn’t do too badly in this deal either. Yes, the loss of a player such as Bobby Ryan is going to hurt but Jakob Silfverberg is a very good add for a team that needed some youth injected into the lineup. Silfverberg had 19 points in 48 games with the Sens last season in what was his first year in the NHL. Silfverberg, who is 22 (23 in October), was a second round draft pick of the Senators back in 2009 and could develop into a very solid player on the wing.

As for Noesen, he is former first round pick from the 2011 draft class (21st overall) and just turned 20 years old in February. Playing for the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers, Noesen racked up 53 points in 51 games last season including 25 goals. This was a bit of a drop off from the year prior where he had 82 points in 63 games. Still, Noesen is a very talented player and if his offensive game comes around, the Ducks could be getting another good piece.

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