Detroit Red Wings Coach Jeff Blashill: Bobby Ryan “Motivated to Have a Great Year”


Detroit Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill believes Bobby Ryan is set to make a significant impact in his debut season with the team after signing as a free agent.Ryan was bought out by the Ottawa Senators in September and signed with the Red Wings in October for a one-year, $ 1 million contract. He won the Masterton Trophy this year after publicly sharing his battle with alcohol problems.

« Bobby Ryan, I really like where he is in his life, ”Blashill told The Athletic. I think he’s really motivated to have a great year. I think he’s in a really good personal position. It brings, obviously, a good blow to our roster of which we do not have much. A right-handed type of power play that with him and (Sam) Winning allows you to potentially have a few good shots on each unit, and that brings a greater depth of the types of play that we can run.

“And he’s been a high-end offensive talent, and we don’t have a lot of guys who’ve been drafted as high as him, who have that real high-end talent. So I think he has a chance of having a really good year, but we’ll see.… It’s a tough league, and it doesn’t get any easier with age, and you have to put yourself in the best. position to succeed. This means you have to be in amazing shape, and as you get older you probably have to continue breaking down barriers in whatever you do. I think he does. He works with a skating trainer that he told you guys about. He’s, I think, training as hard as ever, and he’s coming to camp in great shape, and if he does, I think he’s got a chance to make a good impact for us. ”

Ryan, who had five goals and eight points in 24 games with the Senators last season, had two years left with a $ 7.25 million cap when he was bought out.

The 33-year-old winger has spent the past seven seasons in Ottawa with the Senators. Prior to his stint in the nation’s capital, Ryan played six seasons with the Anaheim Ducks.

He has 254 career goals and 301 assists in 833 regular season games in the NHL.


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