The Detroit Red Wings are expected to sign a veteran forward Bobby Ryan, which was recently bought by the Ottawa Senators. Ryan will sign a one-year contract worth $ 1MM according to Craig Custance of The Athletic.
Ryan, 33, was the winner of the Masterton Trophy this season after returning from the Player Assistance Program while dealing with alcohol abuse. His return to Ottawa was one of the most exciting moments of the season as he recorded a hat-trick, earning several standing ovations from the crowd and big celebrations from his teammates.
A beloved presence in the locker room, Ryan will be looking to get his career back on track in Detroit. Bringing a $ 7MM cap hit to Ottawa was no longer possible, but perhaps there is still some hockey left in the former 30-goal player.
For Detroit, this is a perfect signature that could potentially give them a commercial chip when they expire. Give Ryan a few important minutes in top-six and powerplay, then turn him into a contender just months into the season.