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Report: Sens’ Ryan spent last season battling digestive illness

Sep 9, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT


Bobby Ryan has classified his disappointing 2013 campaign as a “write-off.”

Now, we might know why.

In an interview with Team 1200 in Ottawa, NBC’s Pierre McGuire said Ryan was sick most of last year with an unspecified illness.

“I don’t know if Bobby wants this out there, but I’m going to put it out there anyway in the interest of proper information dissemination — Bobby Ryan was sick most of last year,” McGuire explained. “He had a really tough time with an illness that they eventually traced, believed it or not, to a trip he took over to the far east.

“It was something with his digestive system, and it was a real problem for him. He’s healthy now, he’s 100 percent and I know he’s really excited about being [in Ottawa].”

Ryan, 26, scored 30 points in 46 games for the Ducks last year and his 0.65 points per game average was the lowest he’s posted since breaking into the NHL in 2007-08.

Late in the year, Ryan was sent home from a road trip with what was classified as the flu.

“First of all, we didn’t want anybody else catching anything,” Anaheim head coach Bruce Boudreau told the OC Register at the time. “And we wanted to make sure that he gets better. He just had a stomach virus.

“He’s getting better, which is a really good sign. I’m sure he’s going to be with us Friday. Hopefully play Saturday [season finale against Phoenix].”

Ryan did return for the ‘Yotes game (scoring a goal) and Anaheim’s opening-round playoff loss to Detroit. He scored four points in seven games, but only played more than 17 minutes once.

Of note, Ryan’s regular-season ice time was down to 16:35 in 2013 after averaging 18:21 TOI per game in 2011-12.

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    “It was something with his digestive system, and it was a real problem for him. He’s healthy now, he’s 100 percent.”

    AKA he had a real bad case of the sh**s.

  2. mrpinkca - Sep 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Pierre’s creeping me out. Hockey is back.

  3. alswingman - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Two words I would have shared with Bobby had I had his ear at the time – psyillum husk. You can get it off the shelf at any pharmacy. It is basically a plant taken in capsule form that expands in the digestive tract. It’s like a sponge. All parasites and EVERYTHING is pushed out. I don’t know why i am sharing that with the lowly on this forum. Maybe I feel bad for those of who who spend too much time on the crapper.

    • branmuffin17 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Maybe some of the “lowly” are not quite so lowly. Psyllium husk is not a plant taken in capsule form. It is the outer husk/shell of the seed of the psyllium plant that acts as a bulking, non-digestible fiber, and is best taken in non-capsule form (unless you want to take more than 10 capsules at a time). Since it does not break down in the intestinal tract, it is able to scrape and clean out all of the junk that accumulates. As a bulking fiber, it is easiest to take this as a large heaping tablespoon at a time in water or juice.

      Psyllium husk likely will not help much, as a lot of parasites don’t just float in the tract, ready to be pushed out…they latch onto the wall. Thus, harsher compounds (anything from black walnut extract and wormwood on the natural side to flagyl (metronidazole) and other compounds on the prescription side), depending on the parasite in question, are used to help kill or weaken the parasites so they can be eliminated from the system. From the sounds of it, it was definitely some kind of parasitic infection.

      Too bad they couldn’t figure this out with Bobby earlier in the season. If he was feeling better, he might have been able to help push the Ducks past the Red Wings. Oh well…good luck in Ottawa, Bobby!

  4. hosewater2 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    “I don’t know if Bobby wants this out there but I’m Pierre McGuire so I’m gonna say it anyway to further my career.” Shut up Pierre.

  5. iHeartHockey31 - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Can we just go back to calling everything a ‘body injury’ [except for Marc-Andre Fleury’s Psyche Injury]. I don’t really need any more details than that,

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