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Bobby Ryan calls Burke ‘gutless’ for intensity remarks

Jan 2, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 16: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the St. Louis Blues at Canadian Tire Centre on December 16, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

When Bobby Ryan first found out that he didn’t make the cut for Team USA, he was probed for his reaction.

“Insert ‘says all the right things’ here,” Ryan Tweeted to Ottawa Sun writer Don Brennan.

Evidently the “right things” includes an attack on Calgary Flames president Brian Burke for his scathing assessment of him.

“He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary,” Burke said, according to an ESPN report about the selection process. “It’s never going to be in his vocabulary. He can’t spell intense.”

Burke tried to reach out to Ryan on Wednesday, but the Ottawa Senators forward hasn’t called back.

Instead Ryan publicly called Burke “gutless,” according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

“Actually I almost feel degraded when it comes out like that,” Ryan said. He added that he would try to use it as motivation going forward.

Ryan ranks fifth among American-born players with 36 points in 42 games this season. He also surpassed the 30-goal mark in four consecutive campaigns from 2008-09 to 2011-12.

It’s worth noting though that Burke wasn’t alone in his opinion. Another member called him a “sleepy” skater and when Nashville Predators GM David Poile asked people to raise their hand if they were worried about Ryan, plenty of the people on the selection committee did so.

  1. nj666 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    USA hockey does not like NJ… Bobby Ryan NJ native… not on the team, Andy Greene NJ Devils… not even considered, and Cory Schneider NJ Devils… not on the team.

    • runhigh24 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      Paul Martin and Zack Parise, former NJ Devils, ON THE TEAM.

    • lilroot9 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      JVR, born in NJ, on USA team. Theory ruined. But nice try. Oh, who does like NJ anyway? (lol, jk)

      And you seriously think Schneider should be over any of the other 3 goalies? Schneider, 10 playoff games, 1 win. All Olympic games are playoff games, I think you need a goalie with more experience and better results, but that’s just me.

      I know little about Andy Greene, but there are other D that they “snubbed” that are way better, so maybe that is why he was not even considered? (Since he is 31 years old and I did not even know he played in the NHL means to me that he is not a top tier D man, but again, that’s just me, oh and the people who choose the players, haha)

      • nj666 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        Actually he is top tier and would probably make most teams top d pairing. Just because he isn’t marketed as “top tier” and that you’re too ignorant about defensive players doesn’t mean anything.

      • nj666 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:07 PM

        Yeah so how about all of ryan millers recent playoff wins?

      • runhigh24 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        By Ryan Miller, do you mean the MVP of the Vancouver Olympics? I’m guessing that went a long way to punching his ticket for the Sochi games.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        The Miller cheap shot was absurd. Did you consider the team he’s playing on? He’s kept them in a lot of games this year where if they even manage to score 2, they win.

        He was the most logical choice (results this year and prior results). Bishop should have been included for results this year and size. Quick for the possibilities (HUGE playoff results if he recovers and brings his game back up to where he was last year).

        So they included Howard in light of how he’s playing this year and current health?

      • jpelle82 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        in defense of the andy greene thing, he’s played great this year…but…he wasnt on their radar because quite frankly he wasnt even the best defenseman on the devils going into this season. plus he’s smaller, not overly fast and hasnt been that productive offensively. issue lies in the fact they didnt include him on the long list for the olympics so even if they were high on him now he couldnt be added because of the olympic requirements (drug testing, etc). its a shame because it was probably his last shot at 31 yrs old too.

      • devilsarethebest - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        Not knowing who Andy Greene is just speaks to your ignorance. He plays 25 minutes a night on a team that gives up by far the least shots in the league and has 20 points to go with that. I’m sure he sucks though.

      • lilroot9 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        Jack Johnson and Erik Johnson are big names left off the team. I think they should be in front of Andy Greene, but again, that’s just me.

        @Devilsarethebest they do play a defensive system that has the forwards play more D and they Devils do have a guy named Brodeur that is also pretty good which help Andy Greene’s stats.

        How about Kyle Okposo or Dustin Byfuglien? They did not make it either and have better “stats” than Greene. The fact is, they needed to pick players at some point and you both are homers wanting your players on the team, which I can understand, but I never said he sucks, I just said there was better players than him to be on the team.

        My definition of top tier is maybe top 6-10 players (D men, eligible for team USA), which he is not. He is good (after looking at stats) but not top tier. Sorry to break this news to you.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        the johnsons are slow for an olympic sized rink…guys like crosby and datsyuk would have a field day with them back there trying to play zone defense because they cant close the gap.

      • tdrusher225 - Jan 2, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        How much playoff experience did Jonathan Quick have when he was selected to the 2010 team?

      • lilroot9 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:15 AM

        @tdrusher225 it appears he had 0 playoff games played before 2010 games. (it was thoughtful of you to ask a question you knew the answer to, instead of just putting down your thoughts about the backup goalie in 2010 Olympics)

        You know that I don’t pick the players right? I don’t know who the other options were in 2010, so maybe they had no other options. I do know this year, they had options that were better than Schneider, so does that mean anything? Apparently not. But I am a homer, so they should have picked every player on my team. What crap, these people picking the players have no idea what they are doing. :)

    • 950003cups - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      What about James Van Reimsdyk?
      Also, this is the first time since 1998 a NJ Devil has not been in the team. But in 1998 Bill Guerin was selected but traded prior to the Olympics.

    • sabatimus - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Just look at that handle. Obvious troll.

      • hockey412 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        How the eff is he a ‘troll’…jesus, everyone is entitled to their opinion (even if, in his case, it’s stupid). Not everyone with an opinion different from yours is a troll…it’s a freaking PUBLIC comments section.

    • nj666 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      wow you’re all total d-bags for taking that way too seriously… but p.s. andy greene is way better than paul martin.

      • dueman - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Sure, now that you have 160 down votes you were just joking eh? LOL PS – No he’s not, and I hate the Penguins.

    • pepper2011 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Andy Greene is not Olympic material. He’s not a bad player, but if he’s in your top 4; your team is probably not ready to make a run for the cup. I would have taken all these guys before Greene; that does not count the guys I would put on a comparable level.

      Johnson, Johnson, Krug, Byfuglien, Yandle, Bogosian, Carle.

      • devilsarethebest - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        It seems you have never watched a Devils game in your life. Greene plays 25 minutes on one of the leagues top defenses and contributes well offensively. And if you want to tell me he’s not a top 4 defenseman, than sorry to tell you, but you know absolutely nothing about hockey.

    • bigblackzaranek - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Actually, the NHL and selection committee don’t hate NJ. Everyone hates NJ. As for your misguided attempt at a miller joke, clearly you don’t watch enough hockey to realize that he’s arguably the best goalie in the world.

      • devilsarethebest - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        Gary Bettman lives in NJ.

      • nj666 - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        Miller is a head case who almost lost his job to enroth, hardly “the best goalie in the world”. sure he was MVP 4 years ago, that was four years ago… I dont care if anyone is offended that i took a “cheap shot” at miller. The fact is team USA over looked a lot of players to make this years team a “buddy squad” whatever go Checz!

      • lilroot9 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        @nj666 I bet every player on team USA has never had a bad stretch of games, ever. Miller should be ashamed that he plays in the best league in the world and had a bad year / stretch. It is so easy to just maintain your stats, ask anyone who plays in the NHL. And since hockey is a team sport, Miller should be in the playoffs every year, even if his team is in free fall, so the amount of recent playoff games played is all his fault.

        While the Canucks have a team that makes it into the playoffs, maybe second round, almost every year, and it is all due to Schneider, and after they lose in the playoffs it is considered a failure, but not Schneider, he is good.

        (sorry about all the sarcasm here)

    • theblakfox - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      NJ just got pwnd

      • jimeejohnson - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM


    • c9castine - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      doesn’t even make sense.

      it was a selection process and opinions had to be voice and in this case holding back your opinion was just going to hurt the team in general.

      if he was a little tougher he would have deflected these comments and went out and just worked hard and showed intensity. that gets peoples attention in a much more positive way.

    • nbcornwell - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Are you the same dude who called everyone but the Rangers communists yesterday? Seems like it.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I think the ‘gutless’ comment falls right in line with the ‘saying all the right things’ one. To have the GM of another team openly rip your game like that is gutless at best.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      I’d wouldn’t call it gutless…I’d call it stupid. Ryan will now go all out in shoving Burke’s comments up his ass.

    • stevemackenzie58 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      I don’t care if Ryan is not “intense”.Who gives a rip? The USA has plenty of it. Where they are falling short, is scoring.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        Right. Nobody said he has to be in the top six.

      • blackhawksdynasty - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        How are they falling short in scoring? Last I checked they haven’t played any games yet. Statistics mean nothing when it comes time to play the games.

      • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Actually the selection group said he had to be in the top six or they weren’t taking him. His lack of versatility is what cost him a spot.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:51 PM

        That seems odd. Your bottom two lines in the Olympics, on big ice no less, are not going to be grinders and fighters. Why they wouldn’t want a skill guy who can skate and find the net on one of their bottom lines is beyond me.

    • c9castine - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      you guys act like he went out in the media and said this stuff. this was something reported from a journalist embedded in USA to detail the selection process. there is nothing gutless about this it would be more gutless of Burke to not tell the rest of the committee what his opinions were on a player in consideration to represent USA in the Olympics.

      brian burke knows this player well and i don’t want a player who lacks intensity representing my country in the greatest athletics competition in history. no offense to him or his skills but i want the guy who is gonna go scratch and claw for gold.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      burke is lucky bobby “ryan” is just calling him gutless…he could be calling his dad’s mob connections instead.

  3. 950003cups - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    James VanReimsdyk NJ native ON THE TEAM

  4. imleftcoast - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Team USA has a lot of strength at wing, and there were choices with more speed and better reach. That would be a much better quote to stay focused on the task of winning a medal at Sochi. I don’t understand why Burke would go out of his way to try and stir up controversy.

    • jpelle82 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      agreed, while his opinion isnt necessarily unfounded, he couldve left it alone and gone the more pc route.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Because these meetings are generally behind closed doors. Was it dumb to not consider that espn had someone in the room? Probably, but I can see where the comment came from.

  5. jpelle82 - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    with parise and callahan on the shelf he still had an outside shot of making it, still a few games left before the break and any one of these other guys could get hurt still too. guess brandon saad should be waiting by the phone because bobby ryan aint getting a call now, you can bet on that.

    • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      Saad was getting the call anyway unless it was a top six winger who went down

  6. 950003cups - Jan 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Burke is wrong for saying that publicly. But who’s to say he’s wrong?

    • imleftcoast - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      It’s his opinion. But when the US has a good chance of winning a gold, why do I want to hear this controversy? Maybe Burke thinks he’s sending a message to the guys who made it to bring the intensity, but it seems pretty amateur.

      • JoeAvg - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Perhaps he’s not truculent enough.

    • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      It actually wasn’t said publicly. It was said in a closed meeting when the team was deciding on personnel. It just so happened there was a reporter on the room who was righting a behind-the-scenes article and included the intensity comments in the article.

      • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        Wow righting? Grammar fail.

  7. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Brian Burke continues to show what a douchebag he is, & not only in his personal life.
    I’m sick of hearing how he built Anaheim into Champs too – he didn’t, Brian Murray did. Burke came in there after all the groundwork was done & stole Pronger from edmonton because Prongers wife wanted him to move after his affair.
    If you believe those things about Ryan that is fine – but to publicly call out his intensity is gutless & classless – the first 2 words that come to mind when I think of Brian Burke

  8. blackhawks2010 - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Way to make this a positive Burke.

  9. csilojohnson - Jan 2, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Martin> Greene
    Greene may be better then Orpik.
    Not better for team when you count chemistry with Martin, olympic experience, and familiarity with staff.
    More then just individual play has to be considered.

    • devilsarethebest - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      First of all Greene> broken Martin. That wasn’t most people’s problem. The problem was that he wan’t even on the long list.

    • pfhockey - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Greene is playing great offensively this year on a pretty dry offense in NJ, Martin plays in a highly offensive team, Greene has higher +/- on negative team and puts up higher ppg. Greene is also a very underrated player and shuts down top players. Those two are neck and neck but he definitely should’ve made it over Orpik.

  10. thatsdoinit - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Careful guys. If you say bad things about Burkie he may try and sue you.

  11. hosewater2 - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Lots of depth at wing, if Ryan could play center he should have made the team.

    Ryan Callahan? OK he plays center which is the only explanation for how he made it. I get the leadership/heart intangibles, but talk about a guy with minimal NHL caliber skill set…he’ll probably he injured as his is wont anyway.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Do you think before you type? Cally isn’t a center, first of all, nor does he play it… ever. Second, it’s not just the intangibles. Penalty killing isn’t an intangible, and he’s one of the best in the league at it. He’s a great two-way forward, and can score when needed to do so. Minimal talent guys don’t score 20 a year consistently, especially in a defensive minded coach’s system.

      Devils fan? Isles? Philly? Pens? I doubt it, because those fans generally at least know what position a division rival’s team captain plays. Either way, this is a fail-post. Read burnside’s article… cally’s position on this team was never in doubt.

    • ejbigg - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

      Callahan doesn’t play center, in fact probably never has at any point in his career. Also led all Americans in power play goals two season ago.

  12. rgledz - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Leddy should have been one of the D men, especially on the big sheet. I’d have preferred him over Orpik or Martin.

  13. broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Hey, you guys better watch what you post about BB, he may sue you. Seriously though, who openly rips a player publicly like that? Classless move. Bobby Ryan can put the puck in the net and thats what counts. Oh and since were on the topic of intensity, if that was a criteria then Phil Kessel wouldn’t even be considered for this team. He’s a snoozer, but he can score. BTW Orpik and Martin over Yandle! WTF???

  14. shamu1the1whale - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I really like Bobby Ryan. He’s awesome. I’m glad he stood up for himself. I definitely don’t want anyone on our current Team USA roster not to be able to play in Sochi due to injury, but if come February a player can’t play due to injury, I definitely hope Bobby Ryan can make Team USA.

  15. hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    This wasn’t a public statement to the media. This was a comment made in a personnel meeting. The only reason it got out is because Burnside was doing a behind the scenes piece on the selection process for the Olympic team and put it in his article.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Any comment made to or in the presence of members of the media, that are not “off the record” are considered public. This is just another example of Burke grand standing at the expense of players.

      • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        I would rather have the members of the selection group speak their mind in the meetings than to worry about hurting the feelings of the players. Just because a reporter is in the room doesn’t mean that Burke should change his opinion if Ryan.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        The point I’m trying to make is that Burke without a doubt knows his comments could or will be published. He can still voice his personal and professional opinion on a player without throwing him under the bus. Its called being diplomatic.

      • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:31 PM

        His professional opinion is that Bobby Ryan does not play with intensity. An opinion that was more or less agreed to by every member of the US staff. The comments were not out of the scope of how many people around the league see Ryan. He is a great scorer, but a “sleepy skater”.

        Burke even complimented Ryan by saying that none of the players in the bottom six could do what Ryan could do. But intensity is what they wanted out of the bottom six and Ryan didn’t bring that.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Kessel is a lazy skater and does not bring intensity as well. Thats an opinion shared around the league but I didn’t hear him getting lambasted by Burke.

      • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        The difference is there was never a debate on Kessel. He was a unanimous lock for the team and his role in the top six was never in doubt. He didn’t need to bring intensity as much in a scoring role. Bobby Ryan didn’t have the intensity to play in a non-scoring capacity.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Thanks for making my point. Kessel is lazy without the puck and not a strong skater but can score goals. The same thing that Burke accuses Ryan of being, yet he was not up for discussion. I’ll go a step further. Dustin Brown was not up for debate and was a lock as well and he’s been struggling all year.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        You’re missing the point. If given the choice between Kessel and Ryan, the powers that be would unanimously pick Kessel. Therefore, Ryan would be relegated to the 3rd or 4th line. Since they didn’t want a pure goal scorer in those lines, ryan missed the team.

        Given the choice, I pick Kessel over Ryan any day. That’s really what this comes down to.

  16. joey4id - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    These two have had a sour relationship going back to their stint together in Anaheim. Though Burke’s comment are out of place it was payback time for things that were said and done while they were with the Ducks. Never liked Burke, and never will. Hope he does good in Calgary because he’s been burning a lot of bridges. He’s too truculent. :-)

  17. bagelgnana - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Has anyone considered that Burkes remarks were preemptive. Perhaps when Ryan was told of the decision to leave him off the team, Ryan had a sh!t fit, so Burke thought he better get out in front of this first, hence the intensity remark. If Ryan acted immature in the office, Burke may have figured he’d start whining to the press. I think both look unprofessional, even silly, Actions always speak louder than words, shut up and prove each other wrong.

    • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      No because Burke’s comments were made in a Nov. 25 conference call on player selection.

  18. gettingpwned - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    There’s a reason we (the US) haven’t won in international play in awhile. The people selecting the teams are a joke.

    • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Yeah that 2013 WJC gold has really been a while

    • cofran2004 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      Hurdur… the US junior team won 2013. Derp!

  19. gettingpwned - Jan 2, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    If a guy in charge of picking the team tries to sue the internet, you’ve probably picked the wrong guy to be part of picking the team. Burke is useless. Always has been, always will be. #GoCombYourHair

  20. killhowe - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    I’m more surprised Kyle Okposo did not make the team.

  21. hockeydon10 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    The “intensity” argument is one that always seems to fall flat IMO. There are always players in the NHL that appear to lack “intensity”. Generally, they do this while putting up points and generally being a good thing for the team they’re on.

    Fedorov was called out on this frequently during his stint in Detroit. (Maybe after too, not sure.) This despite winning the Hart, Selke & Pearson, called “the best skater I’ve seen” (Yzerman), said of him “never seen a player dominate the game they way Sergei did” (Gretzky), “the best player in the game at this point” (Gretzky), fastest skater and hardest shot.

    The point is there are some players that give it their all but it doesn’t appear as if they’re trying as hard as that 4th liner that may get sent down. It doesn’t mean they’re not intense. It just means they don’t check off the box of “intensity” that many of the old-guard want to see. It’s almost like if he would only act intense, but produce the same, then they’d be happy. Even if it was just an act.

  22. greenmtnboy31 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Who cares what Brian Burke says or does. He’s never accomplished anything during his career except being a bottom dweller and he apparently does that quite well in his personal life, as evidenced by his affairs and multpile marriages. He’s a certified POS.

    Everybody ease off the gas and relax a little; it was only Brian Burke.

    • hazlydose - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      GM for 5 different teams. Won a Stanley Cup as GM of the Ducks. Has been executive vice president and director of hockey operations for the NHL. Juris Doctor from Harvard Law. GM for the 2010 US Men’s silver medal team that almost shocked the world and beat Canada for gold.

      Guy hasn’t accomplished anything!

    • cofran2004 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      I’d love it if I had accomplished the level of nothing he has. Maybe you should check his accomplishments before you claim he’s had no success.

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        He has no success. He road the previous GM’s coat tails in Anaheim, much like Jerry Jones has tried to claim credit for Jimmy Johnson’s work in Dallas.

        Sure he’s held some good positions and been presented with some great opportunities, but the FACT remains; he’s accomplished nothing in the NHL.

        GM for five teams, big deal. The fact that he’s bounced around with five teams should tell you something. He’s not a good judge of talent as evidenced by his track record. He has not character, as evidenced by his track record.

        Lot’s of guys have a law degree from Hahvahd, but that still doesn’t mean much. Look at the dope in the White House; he’s bankrupting an entire country with a law degree from Hahvahd in his pocket.

      • cofran2004 - Jan 3, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        What are you doing for a living? Oh, okay. Nothing as impressive as him. I thought not.

      • hazlydose - Jan 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

        He rode the previous GM’s coat tails by acquiring Scott Neidermeyer and Chris Pronger and then winning the cup?

  23. brockohol - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    If I were Ryan I would be flattered by Burkes assessment of my play…being that virtually every decision he has made over the past 5 years has been wrong, that would mean that Ryan is an excellent skater with alot of heart.

    Ryan could have said something really smarta$$ like…”yeah, well coming from a guy who has had as much success as Burke has over the past 10 years, that means alot.”

  24. jkay1818 - Jan 2, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    @ that nj fan. John Carlson also grew up in NJ. he actually grew up a huge Devils fan and hated the NYR. conversely JVR is from NJ and grew up a big Rangers fan. Carlson might have been born in MA but he grew up and was raised in NJ.

    Can people leave the okposo comments alone? up until this yr he has been basically a bust. He is reaping the benefits of playing with tavares, so were guys like Moulson. They dont pick teams based on scoring goals in the first 40 games of the yr. the advanced scouts have been looking at players, flying to games, analyzing etc for over a yr now.

    I keep seeing a ton of ryan callahan comments. USA needs him, he goes all out, he is a top defender, a tier 1 penalty killer, is always in the top 5 in hits and blocked shots. He’ll be your guy diving in front of Weber’s shots from the pt or laying a big hit on someone. People also talk about him as if he is inept of scoring goals. he misses tons of games each yr and is still good for 25-30 a season. Each player picked has a specific role, it wasnt just some GM randomly picking guys. it was a whole crew of guys. America has a ton of speed, physicality and have guys who play excellent two way hockey.

    • cofran2004 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      This: Why couldn’t I defend cally as eloquently as you did? It’s like everyone seems to think he should be an AHL’er…

  25. bigtexas27 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Once again Brain..I mean Brian Burke shows how to open his big mouth and let stupid comments flow out. Reminds me of the hours after the No Goal in Buffalo when he was on the air with a clip to justify the Brett Hull’s goal, and tossing blame everywhere but where it belong..on the NHL. He also made dumb comments about players while as GM of the Whalers and Canucks.
    He just doesn’t know when to shut up.

  26. hockeyflow33 - Jan 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    As time goes on, Poonerman seems more and more correct

  27. pfhockey - Jan 2, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    I hope the next time Ryan plays the flames he lights them up.

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