"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."
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"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."