One-by-one, unsigned restricted free agents are coming to terms with their teams. On Tuesday, the Anaheim Ducks were able to sign goal-scoring winger Bobby Ryan. The two sides agreed on a five-year, $25.5 million contract.
At the end of the day, the deal happened because Ryan wanted it to happen. He became actively involved in keeping the dialogue moving between his agent, Don Meehan, and Ducks' management. For better or worse, the kid sniper didn't see himself holding out.
In real dollars, Ryan will earn $3.25 million in the first season and $5,562,500 in each of the next four seasons. That also has significance. In structuring the payouts that way, Ryan won't be making more than Getzlaf in any of the next three seasons. Getzlaf's current contract expires after the 2012-13 season.
With that, allow me to make the tricky segue back east -- the Northeast, to be exact. Here's the latest of my quickie looks at each division, giving you a best and worst of their summer moves/changes.
As always, also check out the 'Summer Skate' series.
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