As the NHL Lockout drags on with no end in sight, many players who said they would only play overseas if the entire 2012-2013 NHL season were cancelled may be singing a different tune. Either that, or they know something that the rest of us do not, and that the season is going to be completely obliterated any day now.
Bobby Ryan of the Anaheim Ducks is the latest NHL player who may be on the verge of signing to play in Europe. It appears as if a team from Sweden is trying to convince Ryan to come play overseas as the NHL Lockout continues, and it seems as if Ryan is more than considering the possibility, although it is quite a different stance than the one he has taken for the past couple of months.
On more than one occasion, Ryan insisted that he would not be playing in any other league except the NHL. he was quite adamant, telling the Orange County Register that ”I’m an NHL player,” and that I’m not going to take somebody else’s job overseas.” That was in early September, before the NHL Lockout became official.
Less than three weeks later, Ryan reiterated his point to the Courier Post, stating that ”I’m going to continue to skate with the guys … whether it’s coming back here [to South Jersey] for a couple weeks at a time. … I think it’s important to stay here [in the United States] and be part of the solution and not just run from it.”
I am not sure what his current stance is, although it no longer appears to be as strong one way or the other as it was over the past couple of months. he may finally be missing those game checks that come during the regular season.
After all, the Holidays are fast approaching. Ryan may be looking for some spending money, and it doesn’t appear as if it will be coming from the Ducks or any other NHL team in the foreseeable future.