Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/02/14 at 12:19 PM ET
Yesterday I posted a piece from Scott Burnside of ESPN and this conversation about Bobby Ryan has raised some eyebrows,
"I think we have to know what we're taking with Bobby," says Burke, who had him in Anaheim when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.
"He's a passive guy," Burke says. And over 82 games, yes, Saad and or Pacioretty might be more attractive than Ryan. But Ryan's a game-breaker.
"He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary," Burke says. "It's never going to be in his vocabulary. He can't spell intense."
If he's not going to be put in a role in which he can score an important goal, use his skills as a sniper, he shouldn't go, Burke says.
"Is everybody really happy with our speed up front," Poile asks.
There is a pause.
"I don't think it's a fast team," Tallon notes.
Ryan doesn't add to the speed quotient, so do these last two spots need to be filled with speed guys? And if there are injuries, which of these guys are more compatible, more able to move up the roster to fill in more demanding roles?
Read Bruce Garrioch's recent Twitter timeline for quotes from Bobby Ryan.
added 12:22pm, from Ken Warren of Senators Extra,
Being cut is one thing. Being publicly degrated, as Ryan pointed out, is a different issue altogether.
“That’s pretty gutless, almost, to say about a player, but that’s Bruke’s opinion,” Ryan said after the Senators morning skate before Thursday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. “We’ve always had a good relationship. I haven’t talked to him and I’m probably not going to reach out to him or send him a Christmas card.
“It is what it is, it is how he feels.”
added 2:29pm, via Sportsnet, video of Ryan talking with media today.
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