Post by The Razor Roman Empire on Oct 2, 2014 21:13:07 GMT
OTTAWA -- The Senators have signed signed star winger Bobby Ryan to a seven-year, $50.25 million extension as well as naming superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson the team's captain.
Ryan's deal is worth an average of $7.25 million per season.
After losing former captain Daniel Alfredsson to free agency two years ago and seeing star center Jason Spezza ask for a trade last summer (he was dealt to Dallas), the Senators worked this time to ensure they kept one of their top players.
Karlsson, meanwhile, replaces Spezza as team captain -- the ninth in franchise history. There had been debate within team management about whether Karlsson was ready for the captaincy.
General manager Bryan Murray had told ESPN.com a few weeks ago that he was leaning toward having only alternate captains for this season. But the Senators decided Karlsson was suited for the position.