Bobby Ryan signing or being traded from Anaheim?
Ryan made clear that he isn’t seeking to become the Ducks’ highest-paid forward. Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are both on five-year contract extensions with identical salary cap hits worth $5.325 million. Perry is scheduled to make $5.375,000 million in 2010-11; Getzlaf will make $5,125,000.
“Not even close,” Ryan said of seeking comparable or better salaries. “I completely understand that nobody makes more than Getzlaf and Perry . I have no problem with that. I never expected that. I know those are the two guys and we build from there.
“I also feel like in the past couple of years, I played in a position where I can be mentioned among them.”
As much as he wanted an extension done by now, Ryan said he anticipated that it could take a while and noted that Perry didn’t sign his deal until the first day of free agency in 2008.
“I knew it was going to be a process,” Ryan said. ”I knew that they went right down to the wire with Corey. In that sense I was prepared for that but you can never really be truly prepared for it. It’s tough when you don’t have any sense of security.”
If negotiations go beyond July 1, Ryan could become the target of a substantial offer sheet from a team with significant cap space that’s looking for an offensive upgrade. The Ducks went through that with Dustin Penner in the summer of 2007 and didn’t match Edmonton’s five-year, $21.25-million offer, taking several draft picks as compensation.