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Ryan 'happy to come home' to Ducks

Thursday, 09.06.2012 / 5:16 PM / NHL Insider

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Ryan 'happy to come home' to Ducks
Bobby Ryan 'happy to come home' to Anaheim Ducks

Bobby Ryan made it clear he was very happy to be skating with his Anaheim Ducks teammates.

"I wanted to come back to [my home in] Newport Beach and come back to this team and this group of guys," Ryan told the Orange County Register on Wednesday. "Always -- that was the No. 1 thing."

In an interview with a New Jersey newspaper in June, Ryan was saying something different. Frustration over having his name constantly come up in trade rumors led him to lash out at the team that selected him with the second pick of the 2005 NHL Draft.

Ryan said Wednesday he regretted doing that interview, calling it "a mistake and a slip up on my part."

Bobby Ryan
Bobby Ryan
Right Wing - ANA
GOALS: 31 | ASST: 26 | PTS: 57
SOG: 204 | +/-: 1
"I just told [the reporter], at this point, I'm tired of fielding questions [about being traded]," Ryan said. "I'm tired of asking. Just move me if that's what the best interest of your team is. And if you think it's in the best interest for me, great. I'm OK with that.

"But about 10 minutes after the interview, I was like, 'Gosh, I shouldn't have done that, seeing that I'm teeing off on the 37th hole of the day after 11 o'clock.' It was kind of stupid.

"At that point, you can't kick yourself for too long. I knew that if [Ducks general manager Bob Murray] really had a problem with it, he would reach out to me. That never happened."

Outside of saying Ryan's comments were "disappointing," Murray has not spoken of the situation, other than to say he and Ryan would talk at some point. According to the Register, that meeting has not happened.

Ryan made it clear to the newspaper he has not requested a trade, something the Ducks confirmed for the newspaper.

Rather than focus on what happened over the summer, Ryan said he's looking forward to helping the Ducks return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs and bettering the 57 points he had last season, the fewest he's scored since his second NHL season.

In the wake of his New Jersey interview, Ryan said his agent told him to prepare to get moved. But when nothing happened, the wing said there was a sense of relief.

"You know, I was glad," Ryan said of remaining with the Ducks. "I was kind of expecting a phone call at some point. … I was really excited that it didn't because I didn't want to book a flight anywhere else.

"I was happy to come home."

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