Having filed the story for tomorrow’s editions on the Bobby Ryan deal, I’ve got plenty of news and notes lying around that won’t make it in …
1. The whole way that Ryan was essentially talked in to the merits of signing a five-year contract by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry seems a tad surreal. Especially when you consider that four months ago we read this, saw LeBron James go to Miami, and a sizeable portion of the Ducks’ fan base probably lost a few hairs on their head just thinking about it all.
Bob Murray didn’t know the three young forwards were discussing the situation amongst themselves, but the GM said “it would’ve been news to me if one of them said they didn’t want to be here. I think it’s wonderful they’re communicating like that.”
2. Ryan said that his off-season training regimen has looked different than past summers.
“I stayed true to our strength and conditioning coach’s program for the most part,” he said. “I worked out a little bit closer to Newport Beach with some of the other guys who were in the area for the summer. For the first time, I didn’t have to focus all summer on getting my weight down. I was already where I wanted to be. This summer was about putting on size in some areas and getting a little more fluid on the ice. I think I achieved both those things and I feel great right now.”
3. Ryan wasn’t prompted to provide his choices for the Ducks’ next captain but he did, anyway. “Saku Koivu and Ryan Getzlaf are both great leaders. Whoever does wear the ‘C’ between them is going to take us to the step we need to.”
4. Finally, several outlets are reporting that discussions between the Ducks and free-agent defenseman Paul Mara are ongoing. (Wikipedia, without citing a single source, is stating it’s a done deal as of this posting. For what little that’s worth.) There’s always the option of bringing him into training camp on a pro tryout contract, but it’s reasonable to believe that a veteran of 10 NHL seasons, coming off a $1.65 million paycheck in Montreal, is looking for a one-way NHL deal.
If the Ducks bring in Mara — or anyone, for that matter — on a one- or two-way deal, an already-hot competition for the two or three remaining openings on defense will get hotter. Mara has a nice resume but is coming off the worst season of his career. In 43 games with the Canadiens, he had no goals, eight assists and a minus-16 rating. His season was limited by a shoulder injury that eventually forced season-ending surgery, and the 31-year-old was already listed as questionable for the start of camp.