New York Post columnist Larry Brooks wrote on his Twitter account earlier today that Bobby Ryan and the Ducks had reached agreement on a five-year contract worth “approximately $5.5M per,” citing a “Source.”
But the usually reliable and well-connected Brooks wrote shortly afterward that “Don Meehan, Ryan’s agent, rebuts/contradicts our source on Ryan deal, says nothing is done.”
Indeed, there was no contract in place and Ryan remains a restricted free agent.
Earlier this summer, Ryan told Ducks general manager Bob Murray that he wanted to be paid slightly less than star forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. The team’s highest-paid players are making an average of $5.325 per season through 2013, so it’s unlikely that Ryan would be offered more than that.
Anaheim is believed to be offering a five-year deal. It’s unlikely the Ducks want to sign Ryan to a three-year contract that would expire at the same time as Getzlaf and Perry’s, but that is what Ryan is believed to be seeking.
So the wait continues.