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Bobby Ryan thinks officiating is “horrendous from an inconsistent standpoint”

Mar 19, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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Bobby Ryan had a forgettable game against Nashville last night. Ryan finished the night with no points, a minus-1 rating, and three minor penalties, the last of which led to the Predators game-clinching empty net goal.

With a hat trick like that, you couldn’t blame Ryan for being upset with how he played. He decided to take his frustrations out on the officials instead, telling Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register that the men in stripes have a lot of work to do.

“Oh, it’s been horrendous from an inconsistent standpoint,” Ryan said. “You almost don’t know what you get. You’ve got to wave a white towel almost. It’s upsetting. It is what it is.”

 Waving a white towel is what Roger Neilson did while coach in Vancouver years ago to “surrender” to officials, a sweet hockey history reference by Ryan if that’s what he intended.
Hearing complaints about officiating is becoming commonplace in Anaheim as we’ve heard coach Bruce Boudreau sound off on two different occasions about the refs. The Ducks aren’t going to be making the playoffs and getting frustrated over it is part of the story, but a quick way to guarantee not getting the benefit of the doubt in calls is to point out what a bad job the referees are doing. Leave that stuff to the fans.
  1. comeonnowguys - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Leave that stuff the fans.

    I’m not a Ducks fan, but sometimes in sports, there actually are inconsistencies and bad calls that need to be called out by people involved. Especially if it actually is a trend, as Ryan points out, and not just sour grapes.

    Granted, it’s card that needs to be played very, very sparingly.

    • islandersfan - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Agreed, fans saying this stuff after awhile just gets lost… players and management sometimes just need to take the fine (if levied), say it, and hope the league starts looking at the refs a little harder.

      And this year the players do have a gripe

  2. howardforvezina - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    He is right, with all these refs that dont care to learn the rules fully. It has been far to inconsistent.

  3. amerika1313 - Mar 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    I have to agree with Ryan. The officiating pretty much across the board this year has been absolutely horrible when it comes to consistency. It’s like each of the officials learned the rules from a different book… Then you add in the flip-a-coin approach to supplemental discipline coming out of Shanahan’s office and you just have to shake your head. Get it together guys, this is embarrassing.

  4. pens919209 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    In the next article, Ryan will tell the world that the sky is blue.

    I started watching hockey 24 years ago. The officiating was bad then… and that’s the only way that it has been consistent over the years. There was a brief period of time when the hooking and obstruction was being called after the lockout, but I think everyone agrees that we’re heading right back to where we started… and that’s bad for the game.

    • taytay099 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

      I agree with you, but I have to say that after the lockout they were calling hooking way too much. I’m glad players can skate freely now, but I can’t believe they call hooking for a stick just touching the player’s glove. Some of the hooking calls are just ridiculous.

      Here’s a blatant example that will anger a few Wings fans.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

        That’s brutal, especially that late in the game. Refs should put away their whistles at this point unless someone gets two-handed in the face.

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