Senators star Ryan left off U.S. Olympic team

Ryan, who helped the Americans to a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, leads the Senators with 18 goals and us generally considered one of the most talented American-born forwards.

Bobby Ryan has been left off the United States Olympic hockey team.
Ryan, who helped the Americans to a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, leads the Senators with 18 goals and is generally considered one of the most talented American-born forwards.
However, the American Olympic brain trust suggested winning gold is not necessarily about assembling an all-star team.
“We did not pick the best 25 players,” general manager David Poile said Wednesday. “We picked the 25 players who give us a chance to win a gold medal.”
Ryan was unavailable for comment Wednesday and had been unwilling to discuss the speculation.
He’ll likely have a thing to two to say after some unflattering comments about him during the team selection process were published Wednesday.
ESPN, which was given exclusive access to behind-the-scenes discussions, quoted 2010 U.S Olympic general manager and current Calgary Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke as saying Ryan was “passive.
“He is not intense,” Burke said. “That word is not in his vocabulary. It’s never going to be in his vocabulary. He can’t spell intense.”
Burke, who selected Ryan second overall at the 2005 draft, lamented that decision in the story, suggesting he wishes he’d ignored his scouting staff and taken defenceman Jack Johnson with the No. 2 pick.

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