In the wake of the announcement of the US roster for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the biggest news wasn't about who made it. It was about who didn't. Namely, Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan. That only intensified when stories about the selection process filed by ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and Kevin Allen of USA Today revealed some of the discussion from Team USA's management team after being granted access to the meetings about building the Olympics roster. One of the biggest takeaways was the way Calgary Flames president and Team USA director of player personnel Brian Burke spoke about Ryan. In Burnside's piece, Burke delivered this memorable line: "He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary," said Burk. "It's never going to be in his vocabulary. He can't spell intense." Ryan, who learned of the comments, was extremely offended by them and shared his disappointment with reporters Thursday. From the Ottawa Sun: "They were direct quotes and it's unfortunate they feel that way," said Ryan. "That's their opinions and they've got to form a team. I guess to a certain degree you have to respect it. "You don't have to agree with it, right? But you could have just cut me. You didn't have to ... Actually I almost feel degraded when it comes out like that. It is what it is. That's their decision. That's how they feel about it. I will remember it and use it as motivation." On Friday, Team USA general manager David Poile took the opportunity during a media teleconference on the Olympic team to express his apologies to Ryan and his regret the comments were made public. "I reached out to [Senators general manager] Bryan Murray to tell him exactly what happened," Poile said. "Brian Burke has tried to call Bobby Ryan. "In a management setting, we're dealing on a daily basis of talking about our players sometimes positively, sometimes critically. What goes on the room should stay in the room. Unfortunately, this was a characterization on the whole was not representative of what actually happened." Poile explained that when he asked Burke about who he would take for the final roster, Ryan was on Burke's list.
Team USA GM David Poile trying to apologize to Bobby Ryan
CBS Sports | Jan 3