Bobby Ryan has received some closure on his Olympic snub. Nashville Predators general manager David Poile, who also happens to be general manager of the U.S. Olympic team, met with Ryan to apologize for the public criticism the Ottawa Senators star right winger was forced to endure last week. Ryan was labelled as lacking passion and his intensity was questioned by Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke during the management meetings leading up to the selection of the team. The comments were made public by reporters who sat in on the meetings. In expressing his heartfelt regrets, Poile also suggested that Ryan could end up on the Olympic team if there’s an injury or two. “He just said you never know what might happen in three weeks, or whatever it is, a month, and I said okay, but that wasn’t really the theme of the conversation by any means,” Ryan said following Friday’s practice, as the Senators geared up for Saturday’s game against the Predators. Ryan says he hasn’t given much thought to the possibility of playing in future international tournaments for the Americans. “I don’t know, I think you will have to ask me when the opportunity presents itself,” he said. “I’m certainly not going to turn my back on the (U.S.A.) crest. Poile’s presence isn’t serving as any additional motivation for Ryan as he faces the Predators, but he says the Senators have to be prepared to match the home team’s patient, grinding game. Nashville is coming off a 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Thursday, a rare game in which the Predators blew an early 2-0 lead. The Predators have also received inconsistent goaltending since Pekka Rinne suffered a bacterial infection early in the season, going 14-16-5 with the tandem of Marek Mazanec and Carter Hutton, but Ryan says it’s a tough atmosphere to play in. “The (fans) are loud and when they get that stupid win song or goal song in play, it’s just painful,” he said. “The building alone is tough. If you don’t take the crowd out of it, it can build up for sure.” On an individual level, Ryan is making a conscious effort to shoot more often, aiming to end his four-game scoring drought. He has 18 goals this season, but only one goal in his past 10 games.
Poile apologizes to Ryan
Ottawa Citizen | Jan 11