According to Chris Johnston of TSN, the Anaheim Ducks will sign free agent and two-way forward Ryan Strome to a five-year contract. The deal is worth $25 million, or $5 million AAV. This contract carries him through the 2026-27 season.
Ryan Strome signs a five-year contract in Anaheim.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 14, 2022
Ryan Strome's deal is five years at a $5 million AAV. That's $25M if my math checks out.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) July 14, 2022
The deal was soon confirmed by the team.
— Anaheim Ducks (@AnaheimDucks) July 14, 2022
Ryan Strome Signs With the Anaheim Ducks
Over his nine-year NHL career Strome has played for the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, and the New York Rangers. He has put up 130 goals and 277 assists for 357 career points in 621 career games. He was originally drafted in the first round, fifth overall of the 2011 NHL draft by the New York Islanders.
Last season he scored a career-high 21 goals. Strome also achieved 33 assists for 54 points. He also added 69 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 55.6 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 12.4.
What This Means for the Future
The 28-year-old will bring solid production numbers to his new team. The two-way forward gave some depth to the New York Rangers. However the Rangers opted to move on today as they signed free agent centre Vincent Trocheck.
During the regular season, Strome increased his value by demonstrating his ability to succeed in the top six. This new contract reflects this. However, the Ontario native physically missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final series and seemed ineffective during the remainder of the series. It was later reported Strome had an injury that may need surgery during the off-season.
Strome brings experience to a young Ducks forward core that features players like Troy Terry, Trevor Zegras, Isac Lundestrom and will soon add Mason McTavish. He will be expected to be a leader for the young core.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 03: Ryan Strome #16 of the New York Rangers celebrates a first period goal by Adam Fox #23 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the First Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 03, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)