Thirty-one players have been guaranteed a roster spot in the Ducks’ training camp. Restricted free agent Bobby Ryan is one of them.
This isn’t neccessarily a surprise, as Ryan has been working out at Anaheim ICE most of this month with many of his past (and presumed future) teammates. Negotiations between the Ducks and Ryan’s agent have continued behind closed doors, with the two sides seemingly close enough for one reporter to jump the gun on a new contract. In that sense, nothing has changed — Ryan doesn’t want to be holding out for a contract once camp starts, and the team wants him there, too.
But of course, he can’t actually show up without having signed something first.