NHL notes: Bobby Ryan regrets saying trade would be OK
|Ducks winger Bobby Ryan. (MIKE BLAKE/Reuters file photo)
In June, Bobby Ryan blasted the Anaheim Ducks for the endless trade speculation surrounding him and said if the team wanted to pull a deal then go ahead and do it.
Well, never mind that ... now, he is happy as a clam to still be a Duck.
Ryan said that 10 minutes after giving the interview to a New Jersey newspaper, he realized his mistake.
"I was like, 'Gosh, I shouldn't have done that ... it was kind of stupid.' "
The 25-year-old winger says now that it was "a mistake and a slipup" to tell a reporter that he was tired of fielding questions about being traded.
"Just move me if that's what the best interest of your team is," Ryan said at the time.
I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don't care. Move me ... I'm OK with that."
But Ryan changed his tune this week, back in California.
"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. "Always -- that was the No. 1 thing."
Ryan had 31 goals and 26 assists in 82 last season, his fourth with the Ducks.
BRUINS SIGN GOALIE SUBBAN
Goaltender Malcolm Subban has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Thursday.
The 6-foot-1 Subban, a native of Rexdale, Ont,, was drafted 24th overall this past June.
The 18-year-old -- a brother of Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban -- spent the 2011-12 season with the Belleville Bulls of the OHL, posting a 2.50 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. He ranked fourth among OHL goalies in GAA and fifth in save percentage.
Subban was ranked the top North American draft-eligible goaltender by the Central Scouting Bureau.
P.K. Subban, 23, has spent the past two seasons with the Canadiens. He also played for Belleville as a junior.
JUST NOT FAIR
Add Los Angeles Kings enforcer Kevin Westgarth to the list of NHLers who think the league is being unfair in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.
Westgarth took the league to task in an interview with CSNNE.com, saying: "The fans are frustrated, and I think the players are frustrated as well.
"It's something that we do want to take care of. I think the owners and the NHL got essentially everything they wanted (in the existing CBA, which expires Sept. 15), and for them to come with the variety of proposals they've brought so far just strictly isn't fair. We're looking for a fair deal just so we can get back to playing hockey."
The New Jersey Devils on Thursday announced the signings of defencemen Reece Scarlett and Damon Severson to entry-level contracts.
Scarlett was a sixth-round draft pick in 2011, and Severson a second-rounder in 2012.