The Senators, though, got younger and perhaps better up front by acquiring Ryan. Ottawa sent forwards Jakob Silfverbeg, Stefan Noesen and its first-round pick in next year’s draft to the Ducks for the four-time 30-goal scorer. The 26-year-old Ryan has two years left on a five-year, $25 million contract.
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was one of the many NHL executives to talk to the Ducks about acquiring Ryan in recent years.
“We had conversations, but nothing that really ever made sense for us,” Holmgren said. “I think Anaheim made a good deal. I think both teams made a good deal.
“Ottawa obviously lost Alfredsson, and they were able to get Bobby Ryan. But they gave up one real good young player off their team, another good young player that I believe is going to play right away, and a first-round pick.
“I don’t want to say it’s a steep price, but for us to get in and weigh what it would have cost us, in my mind, that’s a lot.”
A lot of other teams also made moves to jockey for position in the parity-filled league:
_ The Phoenix Coyotes, with a new owner, signed forward Mike Ribeiro to a $22 million, four-year contract.
_ The New Jersey Devils signed forward Ryane Clowe to a five-year, $24.25 million contract, and forward Michael Ryder to a two-year, $7 million deal.
_ The Philadelphia Flyers gave captain Claude Giroux an eight-year extension worth over $64 million and signed Chicago’s backup goalie Ray Emery to a one-year deal.
_ The Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks re-signed defenseman Michal Rozsival, forward Michal Handzus and gave 40-year goalie Nikolai Khabibulin a one-year deal to replace Emery.
_ The Nashville Predators signed Chicago forward Viktor Stalberg to a $12 million, four-year deal.
_ The Edmonton Oilers signed former Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference to a $13 million, four-year contract.
_ The Pittsburgh Penguins reunited with defenseman Rob Scuderi by giving him a $13.5 million, four-year deal.
_ The Minnesota Wild, a year after signing the prizes of the free agent class, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, inked defenseman Keith Ballard to a $3 million, two-year deal and re-signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a three-year, $8 million contract.
_ The Dallas Stars, making a significant trade for a second straight day, acquired Edmonton Oilers center Shawn Horcoff for defenseman Philip Larsen and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick.