Looks like Bobby Ryan didn’t really mean what he said about the Anaheim Ducks after all.
Earlier in the summer, Ryan voiced his unhappiness with the Ducks, telling the Camden Courier-Post (N.J.) that the Ducks had given him the impression that they no longer wanted him on the team. The ensuing speculation was that Ryan wanted to be traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. It was even rumored that the Flyers were actively interested in a trade.
Now it seems that Ryan is backpedaling on those comments. In a recent interview with the Orange County Register, he called his earlier statement “a mistake and a slip up on my part”. He also said that neither he nor his agent ever asked for a trade.
Ryan, who has 132 goals and 123 assists in 332 career games, scored 31 goals and 26 assists in 82 games in the 2011-2012 season.
One thing that hasn’t happened is a meeting between Ducks general manager Bob Murray and Ryan. Murray has not commented on Ryan’s statement, and there’s no explanation as to why he didn’t meet with Ryan after the 2012 NHL Draft as he said he would. Both Ryan and his agent fully expect him to meet with management, though there is no set time for that.
Ryan could be on shaky ground with his comments. If he doesn’t perform well this season, and especially if the Ducks can’t get off to a good start, fans may be seeing him in a different jersey before the season ends.