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Bobby Ryan wants to move on from quote controversy

Jan 4, 2014, 10:33 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

Bobby Ryan wasn’t just excluded from the United States’ Olympic roster, he was the subject of some scathing criticism during the selection process. In particular, Calgary Flames president Brian Burke’s suggestion that Ryan “can’t spell intense” left Ryan feeling “degraded.”

Team USA general manager David Poile has since apologized and pointed to a misunderstanding between USA Hockey and embedded reports Kevin Allenand Scott Burnside as the reason those comments became public. He also specified that the blame shouldn’t be placed on the USA Today and ESPN writers.

Despite the public back-and-forth, Ryan still hasn’t talked directly with anyone on Team USA executive committee, according to the Ottawa Citizen. He’s aware of Poile’s explanation though.

“I guess it’s a nice sentiment,” Ryan said. “To be honest, I would just like it to go away and let’s move forward now.”

This also hasn’t soured him to Team USA in general. If they were to ask him to join the team as an injury replacement, Ryan would say yes without a moment’s thought.

  1. 950003cups - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    I hope he does get a call. He, unlike four others on the team, is NOT on IR. Instead if Ryan on the back of his jersey, it should say INETNSE

  2. dolphincult - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    As usual, Burke gets off the hook for being ignorant. As usual, I am certain this comment will be sensored by PFT the same way USA hockey was hoping to remove the truth from the original article.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 4, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      First, it’s censored. Second, they never moderate anything here; it’s why idiots like you are allowed to post.

  3. pastabelly - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Someone needed to act with a little class here. It figures that it’s Bobby Ryan. He and Yandl deserved better.

  4. hockey412 - Jan 4, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    The kids still one hell of a producer, 36 points in 43 games this year, and 4 out of the previous seasons have been over 30 goals. I’d take his lack of intensity over Wheeler OR Callahans lack of production any day. Not that I have anything against those two, they are great players, and probably far better men than myself – but I’d go with Ryan before them.

    And I agree with Dolphin, Burke is ignorant.

  5. nyhammerhead - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Memo to Burke the Jerk

    you have been shagging Hazel Mae. Is that intense enough for you ?
    P.S. Brian May says thanks for the $1.5 million. It was worth the hold out when you were trash talking me in the Vancouver Media.

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