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Ryan not worried about being under microscope in Ottawa

Jul 17, 2013, 9:06 PM EST

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Bobby Ryan knows there’ll be a culture shift from playing in Anaheim to playing in Ottawa.

And he can’t wait to be a part of it.

That’s what the new Sens forward said on Wednesday as he met local media for the first time, acknowledging hockey in the Canadian capital is viewed much differently than it is in Orange County.

“It’s a completely different culture from what it’s been like the past six years,” he said, as per the Globe and Mail. “[Being in Ottawa] is a completely different way of viewing hockey.

“I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

In Ottawa, Ryan will be under the biggest spotlight of his professional career.

Aside from playing in Canada, he’ll also be invariably linked to departed captain Daniel Alfredsson, as Ottawa’s trade to acquire Ryan happened just moments after Alfredsson shockingly left the team to sign in Detroit.

Ryan isn’t worried about increased pressure, though.

“No,” he replied when asked if he was worried about being under the microscope. “No matter where you play, that happens. When you’re in a position like I’ve been in, there are expectations — and obviously it’s a little different and in a much broader scale here.

“You can’t do that. If you do do that, it’s a detriment to whatever you’ve got going on.”

Ryan does have a point.

The former No. 2 overall pick — taken behind Sidney Crosby at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft — has always shouldered great expectations. A 43-goal scorer in his final year with OHL Owen Sound, he was expected to score goals with equal success at the professional level.

Which he has.

Since his first full season with Anaheim in 2008-09, the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has scored 30-plus goals four times. He also has 10 goals in 26 playoff contests.

That production alone should make up for what was lost with Alfredsson, but Ryan’s quick to point out he’s not there to replace the face of the franchise.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who’s going to take that place, especially with what he’s done in the community,” Ryan explained. “If anybody’s going to do that, it’s going to be (Jason Spezza).”

  1. andyb02 - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Of coarse he’s not worried. He’s just biding his time until his contract expires and he can sign with the Flyers.

    • somekat - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Exactly. I thought they gave up a lot for his guy, unless they got some sort of verbal commitment from him about signing long term. I think once this guy can walk to philly, he does walk to philly

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 18, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of delusion!

    • sensfanwill - Jul 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      And where is the cap space for him going to come from?

      • andyb02 - Jul 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        Timonen, Mezaros, and Coburn coming off the books. Not to mention the salary cap is going up next season.

    • tdrusher225 - Jul 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      If the Sens don’t resign him, Bryan Murray will be in a lot of trouble.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Jul 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Exactly Andy. Bobby will be a Flyer in two years. He’s a product of the Flyers system and lives across the bridge from Philly. He wanted to get traded to Philly the past two years but it didn’t work out between the teams. In the meantime, I don’t think he feels any pressure to replace Alfie, he is a good enough player with his own style game. With him, Spezza and Michalek they should have a good season, or two before he comes home.

  3. sensfanwill - Jul 19, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Andyb02…with those players coming off the books their weak defense will only become weaker.

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