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Anaheims Ducks qualify Bobby Ryan, still working on contract extension

Perhaps the most surprising, and under the radar, news of this past week was when Ducks GM Bob Murray revealed that the Ducks had given forward Bobby Ryan a contract offer in the range of five-years, $20-$25 million -- and that Ryan had reportedly turned that offer down.

That supposedly put Ryan’s future with the team in doubt, as it’s unlikely he’s worth more than $5 million a season as this point. Murray quelled that speculation, however, stating that the team will qualify Ryan before the RFA deadline today.

“We’re going to do what is right for the organization,” he said. “I’m in no hurry to do anything whatsoever.”

When asked if he’ll match any offer sheet that could come Ryan’s way or sit back and consider the amount, Murray flatly said, “If somebody wants to give him an offer sheet, we have lots of space. We’ll match.”

Today, the Ducks did in fact send a qualifying offer to Ryan. Negotiations will certainly continue, but it doesn’t appear that Murray is in any rush to overpay for Ryan. They’ll keep working on an extension, but I don’t see the Ducks budging much from their original offer.