Bobby Ryan Speaks Out, Again

By Michelle Drinnenberg

Bobby Ryan speaks out, again.

As the 2012 season commenced, the only thing on the Anaheim Ducks’ front came from one of their star players.

Early in the offseason Bobby Ryan, who is the Duck’s number two overall pick in the 2005 draft, publicly unleashed his frustration and displeasure with the front office in Anaheim.

In case this is your first time hearing this, here is a comment Bobby made in June that caused people and himself to wonder how long until he said farewell to Anaheim.

“I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don’t care. Move me … because it’s just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you’re going to be the guy moved.”

I can understand Bobby’s frustration, but I don’t agree with how he dealt with it. It took the 25-year-old winger merely seconds to realize he made a mistake, but it might’ve be too late. His comments will forever be embedded in general manager Bob Murrays’ brain and is always a google search away from anyone else. Bobby can’t take that back.

Since the incident, nothing has come of it. Bobby Ryan rumors were plentiful during the offseason, but that’s all that they were; rumors. Bob Murray spoke of his disappointment of Bobby taking his comments to the media and stated he would eventually “clean the air” with the winger. That has yet to happen either. It may appear as if everyone has moved on in this situation, but that is highly doubtful. If the season does take place, I can assure you that Murray will meet with Bobby to tie up some loose ends. Who truly knows about how the other is feeling now, but just like in any other relationship, you can’t sweep something like this under the rug and act like it never happen.

There will be a time that this will be swept up whether it’ll be weeks or months from now when Murray reaches out to Bobby for a meeting or a couple of years from now when a Bobby Ryan trade makes headlines.

Bobby Ryan may think the ball is in Murray’s court and that the GM will approach him if and when he feels like it, but I’m not sure that’s the right attitude. This week, Bobby stated,

“At that point, you can’t kick yourself for too long. I knew that if (Ducks general manager Bob Murray) really had a problem with it, he would reach out to me. That never happened.”

When someone knowingly admits to being in the wrong they usually initiate an apology and admit to their wrongdoing. What makes Bobby any different from anyone else? His future in Anaheim may be depicted by how he deals with this situation. His fate lies in Murray’s hands and Bobby should make sure he makes a conscious effort on something he created on his own.

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