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Bobby Ryan won’t “take somebody else’s job” by playing in Europe

Sep 13, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

Bobby Ryan, Carey Price

We’ve heard a lot of players say that they will consider playing in Europe in the event of a lengthy lockout. Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan isn’t one of them.

If there’s a lockout, Ryan plans to stay and skate in California, according to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

“I know you’ll lose guys right way,” Ryan said. “That being said, I’m an NHL player. I’m not going to take somebody else’s job overseas.”

Even if there was labor peace between the players and owners, this would have still been an eventful summer for Ryan. He’s coming off of a somewhat disappointing season — at least by his high standards — and has been the subject of frequent trade rumors.

Those seemed to get over his skin because he said in an interview, “I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don’t care. Move me…because it’s just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you’re going to be the guy moved.”

He later regretted what he said and called it “kind of stupid.”

  1. scionofflame - Sep 13, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Good guy, that Bobby Ryan.

  2. puckdog - Sep 14, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    Noble intentions aside, he obviously doesn’t need the money.

  3. bmoreredfury311 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Good character, wish more ppl had that mind set.

  4. manchestermiracle - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:15 AM

    Methinks the statement should have been that trade rumors get “under” his skin….

  5. fortwaynekomets - Sep 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    drunken words = real thoughts.

    dumbest thing Ryan could have said… people are outraged in Anaheim.

    #awkward

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