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Bobby Ryan has struggled since Olympic snub

Feb 8, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 1: Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators skates in the warm-up prior to playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on February 1, 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Senators 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The fact that Bobby Ryan was kept off of Team USA was noteworthy by itself, but it only set the table for the storm that followed.

An ESPN report revealed that members of the United States selection’ committee had some serious concerns about the Ottawa Senators forward, including Calgary Flames president Brian Burke’s remark that Ryan “can’t spell intense.”

In the aftermath of that Ryan called Burke gutless and USA GM David Poile apologized to Ryan.

Ultimately, the best counterargument Ryan could have offered would have been a hot streak, but instead he’s going through his worst patch of the campaign with two goals and six points in 18 contests.

“We’re not concerned about it at all,” Senators coach Paul MacLean insisted, according to the Ottawa Citizen. “(Ryan) has to keep working at it. He had five, six, seven or eight (shot) attempts (in Thursday’s 3-2 win over Buffalo). They’re going to go in. It’s a matter of time.”

Unfortunately time isn’t on the 26-year-old forward’s side. He’ll play at 3:00 p.m. ET today against Boston and then he’ll start his vacation.

  1. areaman714 - Feb 8, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Ok. How has Dustin Brown done lately as well? I would replace Brown with Ryan in a heartbeat.

    • strictlythedanks - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      any intelligent fan would

    • 19to77 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      I’d go with Brandon Saad there. No, he’s not as skilled or potentially gamebreaking as Ryan, but that’s not what they took Brown for either – Saad and Brown are hardworking, gritty two-way wingers who play a tough defensive game. They’re ideal bottom-six guys for an Olympic team.

      Still. Brown’s a headscratcher. He’s been just plain unimpressive this year and he’s still going? Same as Jeff Carter for Canada. Just… why? There are better options.

      • qauzaq - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        I think I know why Brown and Carter are going. Carter is very underrated in terms of how fast he is. He can really turn on the jets at a moments notice. On the Olympic ice that is going to be very valuable. He also is well known for his wrist shot which never hurts. He plays in the Kings system so it isn’t entirely surprising that his numbers are nothing to write home about. As for Brown, I think he is going for his leadership. Love him or hate him(and I know many of you hate him) he is a captain and great leader. He has been there before, an NHL veteran, and a Stanley Cup winner. His numbers are atrocious(as a Kings fan I know this all too well) but I think the other parts of his game will be very valuable. Those are my thoughts. Let the Brown hating begin!

  2. bsaures - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Bobby Ryan kinda reminds me of Kovalev. A guy with enough talent to be the best player or close to it in the league but only shows up for 50 games a year.

    • pfhockey - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Ryan, Semin, Kovalev, Kane, and Kessel. Very streaky players.

  3. cliffatola - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    The validation of the decision will be if the US brings home a gold, then and only then. Every time there is an international tournament someone has to stay home like it or not. If Herb Brooks was alive today he was the last guy cut from the 1960 team that won gold. After the game was over his father looked at him and said “It looks like they cut the right guy”. Bobby Ryan can call Burke gutless in his remarks but obviously there was something about his game that the decision makers didn’t like, same thing with Claude Giroux and Team Canada and I would have taken St. Louis over him too when Stamkos was ruled out.

    • 19to77 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      I agree that St Louis was the right replacement choice, but consider that Jeff Carter and Rick Nash both made Team Canada from the start despite being ice-cold this season. Giroux would have been a vastly superior choice to either of them. I’m glad the braintrust finally got their act together and picked Marty, but they should have had two open spots for he and Giroux to begin with.

      • tdrusher225 - Feb 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        No he wouldn’t have. Giroux isn’t “vastly superior” to either of them, but Carter and Nash also fit as the big, powerful wingers Canada wants. As Herb Brooks said, “I’m not looking for the best players, I’m looking for the right ones.” Giroux a great player, but he doesn’t deserve to be on this team and the Canadian braintrust seems to agree.

      • easez1 - Feb 8, 2014 at 2:54 PM

        Giroux isn’t even equal to Carter or Nash, let alone superior to them. Stevie Y knows exactly what he’s doing and who is going to be beneficial on the big ice against arguably the strongest showing of Olympic hockey teams in history.

      • 19to77 - Feb 8, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        Not equal to Nash, who has less than half as many points as Giroux does this season? Aside from that, Nash is a slower skater, not as defensively talented and lacks the versatility to play both centre and wing. He’s not especially physical for his size, either. Still, neither is Giroux, so that’s not really a relevant issue. Point is, he’s better overall. And for all people praise Carter’s scoring ability, Giroux has 19 goals and 57 points to Carter’s 20 and 37 respectively. Yeah, part of that is the Kings’ system murdering his offense like it does to everyone else, but the Flyers have been terrible this year and Giroux is still in the top 15 in NHL scoring in spite of that. He’s a better choice than either of them.

  4. frankiesweep - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:13 PM

    Send him to Phx…. We could use him.

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