Bobby Ryan done for the season
A pretty disappointing year for Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan came to a sad, premature conclusion today, as he underwent surgery for a sports hernia. His post-surgery recovery will keep him out of the Senators’ final 10 games of the regular season, and any playoff games if they were in fact able to make late push into the top-eight of the Eastern Conference (Ottawa currently sits eight points out of the final playoff seed).
The surgery caps what was a season to forget for Ryan. He was traded in the offseason from the Anaheim Ducks, a powerhouse in the Western Conference this year, to the Senators, borderline playoff contender (and this season has shown which side of said border they’re on, at least for the time being).
70 games into his first season with Ottawa, Ryan posted 23 goals and 48 points, the lowest totals of his career (save for last year’s lockout-shortened 48-game season). Ryan, part of Team USA’s Olympic silver medal squad from 2010, was also one of the more notable snubs for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team.
He was then publicly trashed by Brian Burke, one of the selection committee members and current president of the Calgary Flames, who said that Ryan “lacked intensity” and that he wished he hadn’t drafted him (Burke was in charge of the Anaheim Ducks when they used the No. 2 overall selection in 2005 on Ryan).
Of course, one could say that Ryan had the last laugh when it comes to the Olympics- the U.S. missed his scoring touch, as they lost both their semifinal match to Canada and the bronze medal game to Finland while being shut out (1-0 vs. Canada, 5-0 vs. Finland).
Things probably won’t get any less stressful for Ryan in the near future, unfortunately. He’ll likely have to face an offseason full of questions about his ability to recover from surgery and get back to his old 30-goal-scoring self.
And oh, yeah… with only one year left on his contract, one year removed from being traded from Anaheim, he’ll probably be the focus of more unsettling trade rumors.
Get well soon, Mr. Ryan.