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The rumor mill has begun to quietly churn out Bobby Ryan's name because the Anaheim Ducks star winger hasn't signed a contract extension.
So I figured I'd get myself an answer on that one. I did. Ducks GM Bob Murray vehemently quashed that baby.
"Unequivocally, I'm not trading him," Murray told ESPN.com on Friday. "My plan is to get him signed."
The Ducks, via senior vice president of hockey operations David McNab, talked contract with Ryan's veteran agent, Don Meehan of Newport Sports, in November. After about a week of conversations, both sides amicably agreed they would wait until after the season to pick it up again so it wouldn't be a distraction for the 22-year-old Ryan.
"We both agreed to wait, to watch him play and at the appropriate time we'll sit down and have further discussions," Meehan told ESPN.com Friday.
Ryan, who will skate for Team USA in Vancouver next month, leads the Ducks with 24 goals and is third with 43 points (24-19) in 54 games. He is coming out of his entry-level deal and will be a restricted free agent July 1.