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Bobby Ryan won’t “run” from CBA problems by signing in Europe

Oct 3, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

Bobby Ryan #9 of the Anaheim Ducks awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on March 31, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Ducks 4-0.
(March 30, 2012 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

With the lockout dragging on, we’ve seen entire teams worth of locked-out NHL players join European squads.

Unless we get a new CBA soon, the exodus is likely to continue, but it sounds like Bobby Ryan will not be a part of it.

“I’m going to handle things the way I think things should be handled,” Ryan said, in a Courier-Post report. “I’m going to continue to skate with the guys … whether it’s coming back here (to South Jersey) for a couple weeks at a time … I think it’s important to stay here (in the United States) and be part of the solution and not just run from it.”

This isn’t the first time he’s dismissed the possibility of playing in Europe. Days before the lockout he said that he wouldn’t play there because he didn’t want to take someone else’s job. However, now he’s also implying that players that go to Europe aren’t “part of the solution.”

Ryan is no stranger to controversy. He previously got so frustrated with the trade rumors surrounding him that he said in an interview, “At this point, I don’t care. Move me.”

He later regretted those remarks.

  1. freneticgarfieldfan - Oct 3, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    good guy

  2. jfinn5 - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Way to go Bobby. Stay strong!

  3. crosberries - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Man good thing bobby Ryan is staying around to fix things. I’m sure this has nothing to do with him not wanting to go play in some foreign country. Most guys want to keep playing to stay sharp lets see what happens when he gets the season to start.

  4. kitshky - Oct 3, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Gad … I’ve been waiting for someone on the inside to say this! This is the exact opposite of “breaking ranks”, you’re either a unified group or you’re not, and players bolting overseas within minutes of the lockout are working contrary to the bigger picture. It’s that simple.

    Good on him.

    • blomfeld - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:45 PM

      HERE HERE !

      Well said Kitshky ! :) … anyway, this Bobby Ryan is my kind of guy … he stays true to his group, whether that be for the better or for the worse … virtue like that is one of the best definitions of “substance & integrity” in my books !

  5. irokkit - Oct 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    He’s right. NHL players are taking other players jobs. Ask yourself if that happened in your market……………?

  6. bigoldorcafromvan - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    If all the players in the NHLPA thought this way I would have a different feeling about them. Having said that I hope they stay locked out till the owners get it right this time.

  7. mpg44 - Oct 3, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Well said ….. Be a part of the solution , I like that!! Just think of all the pressure players could actually put on the owners if they were here and had the hunger to play again!!

  8. aventador12 - Oct 4, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    Good decision of a great guy. Most if not all that left to play in Europe most likely are just after the $$$. And I agree with what Bobby thinks regarding taking someone else’s job over there. Why do that since NHL players already make a lot for themselves instead of just staying here until things get resolved. Definitely admirable actions of a respectable player. 2-thumbs up for you Bobby.

  9. xjokerz - Oct 4, 2012 at 4:38 AM

    I’ve been saying this the minute players went to the khl for fat contracts. Those of you who left for Europe are making the entire players union looking like a bunch of rich cry babies …. ESP those of you who are already multi millionaires, one would think all of the players would stand as one to help fix this problem ( Looking at you ovi… ) Lets remember it’s not just the players but alot of simple class people who also work these games. Stay classy bobby

  10. 81redneck - Oct 4, 2012 at 11:05 AM


  11. gp424 - Oct 4, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    What makes this even more funny is that the players are going to locations where there are no Unions, and where the Owners have total control over hockey operations. Seems rather contradictory to me.

  12. id4joey - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    Bobby who? This guy is a punk. What has he proven in the NHL? Who the heck is he? A lot of classier guys who have been in the NHL much longer have made the jump. So, why do we praise this punk for not playing in Europe?

  13. livin2rock - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Why take somebody’ job when things aren’t working out? Good for you, Bobby Ryan, for sticking to your principles. New Jersey Devils forward Patrick Elias did the same thing during the last lockout.

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