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Sens Acquire Bobby Ryan, Sign Clarke MacArthur

The Ottawa Senators picked up some scoring talent as a free agent frenzy erupted Friday afternoon.

At 1:04PM on July 5, the team announced  they had signed former Toronto Maple Leaf forward Clarke MacArthur to a two-year deal. The contract is worth $3.25 million per season.

Just under three hours later, the Sens broke the news that they had acquired Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan. In return, the Ducks got Jakob Silfverberg, prospect Stefan Noesen and a first round draft pick.

With these two acquisitions, it’s clear the team is aiming to fill its need for offensive fire power. They definitely got some.

“I think we got a star in Bobby Ryan,” GM Bryan Murray said. “He’s an over 30-goal scorer each and every year.”

A 26-year-old Ryan has scored 30 or more goals in his first four full NHL seasons with the Ducks.

Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan played in his fourth NHL season in 2010-11. The Ducks winger played in all 82 regular season games for the first time and set a new career high with 71 points. His 34 goals were second on the team and the third straight season in which Ryan reached the 30-goal plateau. The 24-year-old also totaled four points (three goals, one assist) in four playoff games.
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Murray says he thinks the 2005 second overall pick will excel playing on the first line.

“He’s played behind two very good players in Anaheim in Getzlaf and Perry. I think now he gets a chance to come as a number-one line player on our team.”

Clarke MacArthur, 28,  isn’t a star per se, but still a legitimate top-six forward that can fill the experience void the team carried this past season.

Sens Acquire Bobby Ryan, Sign Clarke MacArthur
TORONTO, CANADA – FEBRUARY 21: Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a second period goal during NHL game action against the New Jersey Devils February 21, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.
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“He’s a skilled guy, he shoots the puck real well, fairly competitive, not a great big body … he addresses an experience need on that left wing,” Murray said.

The former Sabre, Thrasher and Leaf has amassed 125 points over the past three seasons, 49 of them goals and 76 assists. Murray said the team is confident the former Leaf can contribute 15-20 goals a season.

Murray and coach Paul McLean will now look to training camp to determine who is capable of filling the last open spot up front.

Jordan Mady
Jordan Mady grew up playing hockey and is now aiming to make a career alongside it through writing. He is currently a journalism student at Ryerson University in Toronto. Jordan is also a video blogger and author.
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