The Ottawa Senators recovered nicely from Daniel Alfredsson’s decision to abandon his franchise and sign with the Detroit Red Wings for the twilight of his career.
The team acquired Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks, adding an 30- to 40-goal threat to play with Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.
“Wherever they are going to put me, I'm going to be really happy to play,” Ryan told the Ottawa media. “Jason Spezza is a human highlight reel. You know what he's done over the past few years.
“If that's the fit they were looking for I am more than happy than to stand at the side of the net and watch him work. I can't work. If that's what the Sens want, then that's going to be excellent for me.”
Senators general manager Bryan Murray also signed free agent forward Clark MacArthur, who should fit on the second line with Kyle Turris and either Mika Zibanejad, Cory Conacher, Mark Stone or Mike Hoffman.
Conacher showed great offensive promise for the Tampa Bay Lightning before his play fell off. He came to Ottawa late last season in the Ben Bishop trade.
“I like to set the goals pretty high,” Conacher told the Sun. “You want to have goals you're scared you're not going to reach, because it makes you go that much harder. Definitely it's a role I'd like to be in, if not this year then the near future.
“It's good to have that competition," he added. "Hopefully I can have a good summer, show them here at camp I'm willing to work hard, eat well and sleep well and come into camp ready to go.”