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It’s a tough end to what has been tough for 33-year-old Ryan. He signed a seven-year, $ 50.75 million contract with the Senators on October 2, 2014, a year before he was supposed to switch to unrestricted free agency.
Ryan understands that this is the business part of the game. He had actually sold his house here in Ottawa before the COVID-19 break in March and had just closed a rental property here that he was going to use at the start of the season.
“I’m probably more tuned in than most players just based on the contractual obligations and expectations that come with my contract,” he said. “You are always aware that some things are going to change and there have been a lot of changes over the past year.
It was acquired by the late general manager Bryan Murray in 2013, the same day the club lost Daniel Alfredsson to free agency.
Ryan left the club last season because he was battling alcoholism and needed to seek help. He told his story publicly because he wanted to help others and he won the Masterton Trophy earlier this month. The Masterton is awarded annually to the NHL player who best embodies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
He will look back on his career here with fondness. He appreciates everything owner Eugene Melnyk, Dorion, the staff and the fans have done for him.
“I told my wife (Danielle) this morning that the good definitely outweighs the bad,” said Ryan, a father of two. “Looking at my time, the relationships I made there, probably some of my best friends that I will probably play hockey with came through Ottawa.