The Detroit Red Wings have made their first move of the 2020 free agency period.
According to Ottawa Senators writer Bruce Garrioch, the Red Wings are going to be signing free-agent forward Bobby Ryan to a one-year contract; the move was soon confirmed by the Red Wings.
The deal is reportedly worth $1 million. The move will provide Detroit with depth scoring, give them another option on the power play, and also give them another right-handed shooter.
Ryan, 33, was drafted 2nd overall by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 2005, and twice played against the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (2009, 2013). He was traded to the Ottawa Senators in 2013, and eventually helped them to within a game of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2017. He was waived by the Senators earlier this week for purposes of buying out the remainder of his contract.
After struggling with substance abuse, Ryan was awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy this past season for perseverance and dedication to hockey after successfully completing treatment.
In 833 career games, Ryan has tallied 254 goals and 301 assists.
Steve Yzerman confirms two additional players won’t return to Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings wrapped up a busy draft day by sharing the news that next year’s version of the team will look far different than 2019-20.
In addition to defenseman Madison Bowey not receiving a qualifying offer, GM Steve Yzerman said that the same goes for forwards Brendan Perlini and Cristoffer Ehn.
#RedWings Yzerman said they also didn't qualify Brendan Perlini and Christoffer Ehn, among with Madison Bowey. All UFAs now.
— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) October 7, 2020
Ehn, a Swedish native, was originally selected in the fourth round (No. 106) of the 2014 NHL Draft by Detroit, and has played in 114 total NHL games, registering five goals and eight assists.
Perlini was originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes 12th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, and later played for the Chicago Blackhawks before being dealt to Detroit last October. He finished the 2019-20 season with one goal and three assists in 39 games.
Both players will now become unrestricted free agents.