Bobby Ryan still fits into the Detroit Red Wings rebuild. Here’s how

Bobby Ryan wants to be a part of the future of the Detroit Red Wings, and not just because he feels robbed in the present.

Ryan is determined to step into the off-season to rehabilitate his right triceps. Shortly after his last game on March 28, he had to undergo an operation at the end of the season. At 34, Ryan is in the twilight of his career but is not ready for retirement yet.

“What I know now is that I want to play hockey next year,” Ryan said on Wednesday. “My immediate focus is on preparing myself for it. They hope it’s Detroit. I would definitely be open to it.

“I can’t repeat the number of times I’ve said it – it’s just an amazing place to play.”

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Detroit Red Wings right wing Bobby Ryan will face the Columbus Blue Jackets at Little Caesars Arena on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

General Manager Steve Yzerman signed Ryan last October, which should be wise for both sides: The Wings scored a 30-goal scorer for $ 1 million for a year, and 34-year-old Ryan had the chance to develop his career restart.

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The restart took 33 games.

“I feel like I’ve been robbed of the real and whole experience,” said Ryan. “If I’m part of the plans, I’d love to be here.”

Getting Ryan back on the same terms is still a risk-free move with potentially high rewards. Ryan scored seven goals and seven assists, and his score surpassed what he got in games. Ryan was a previous first-round pick and is committed to mentoring, particularly Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen, who were recently picked in the first-round and are involved in rebuilding. Ryan has gone through a bit of everything from scoring 30 goals early in his career with the Anaheim Ducks, to trading, treating substance abuse and trying to rebuild his career.

“I think there will always be a place for it,” he said. “People who have been through it age appropriately and have gone through some serious ups and downs, like me, can always be a sounding board for young people. When I have my meetings with the brass and Steve, I hope we talk about that influence as well as the on-ice stuff. I hope I’ve made an impression on Ras and Z that if they take some of the play with me, some kind of wisdom, they’ll be taught an old, savvy Western Conference snail. “

Ryan immediately fit in with the wings, thanks to coach Jeff Blashill for what a real Ryan is.

“He cares about helping people, he makes sure our ice hockey team grows,” said Blashill. “Every time you try to develop young people, they have to have great role models. You must have great Papa Bears who can help them overcome the various challenges they face in their careers. People they respect. Trainers are one thing. It’s a whole different thing if you can get this in your locker room.

“Someone like Bobby, who was at the top, who was also a healthy scratch. He can help guys at different stages in their careers. These are important factors in the growth of young players. “

Since Blashill enjoyed having Ryan with him, Ryan enjoyed playing under Blashill.

“He’s got a great pulse for the room – if he needs to recharge, if not, when to step back and let the younger guys do the vocals,” said Ryan The Young People Did This Year – you see how well Ras plays and how far it goes, Z. There are a lot of people who have taken many great steps and this is him who puts the guys in positions to be successful and they run with it. I would say for sure that Blash did a good job this year. “

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