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A New Start For Bobby Ryan

from Will Burchfield of 97.1 The Ticket,

Detroit was a comforting situation for Ryan. So much had changed in his life over the past year. Here was a chance to retain his role as a leader. And here was a chance to play. Here was a chance to chase those dreams in the back of his mind of racking up goals and lighting up crowds and "getting back to the Bobby Ryan I was." Ryan calls these dreams 'selfish.' Another word might be 'human.'

"For me personally, this was a prove-it year," Ryan said Monday after his two-goal game. "And an opportunity to take the step that I should have taken years ago but hadn’t been able to because of the outside stuff. So (this start) means a lot."

For now, that's all it is. A start. Ryan has put seven pucks on goal and four have gone in. That won't continue. But the jump in his step is back, and he never lost his nose for the net. They were right about Bobby Ryan. He's the kind of player you want in your locker room. Perhaps they were wrong about him, too. He's still the kind of player you want high in your lineup.


added 11:03am, Watch Jeff Blashill on Ryan and a little on Larkin plus other topics below.

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This is part of why it’s so much fun to cheer for your favorite teams.
This story - hopefully with much more to come - encapsulates so well
what can be uplifting about sports as a fan.

We’ve all been down and have had to get back up.

Posted by lefty.30 on 01/21/21 at 09:23 AM ET

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Video of Blashill added to the post, multiple Detroit topics.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/21/21 at 11:06 AM ET

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I forget which one it was, probably r/hockey, but I scrolled past a post on there while browsing r/all on Reddit the other night and it was about Bobby Ryan’s start.  And all the fans around the league seem genuinely happy for him and truly feel he deserves it.

Even if production falls off, I hope he realizes he’s got a lot more than just Wings fans behind him right now.

And boy it was nice to see him talking to Zadina on the bench and Zadina listening intently.  This team needs that stuff.

Posted by Primis on 01/21/21 at 11:07 AM ET


Everyone in the livestreams i watch for other teams are all pulling for him too.  People asking me how he played since I’m usually the only wings fan and its always a positive response to him doing well.

Posted by ThatGuy on 01/21/21 at 12:02 PM ET

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