Senators forward Bobby Ryan 'owes' Leafs coach Randy Carlyle

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan credits Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle for making him...

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan credits Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle for making him the player he is while the two were on the Anaheim Ducks. (TONY CALDWELL/QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:04 AM ET

OTTAWA - As if the Battle of Ontario didn't have enough spice already, Bobby Ryan's arrival has added another subplot.

The new Senators winger will get his first glimpse of the Battle of Ontario in a pre-season version of the provincial rivalry as the Toronto Maple Leafs arrive at the Canadian Tire Centre Thursday night.

But Ryan, 26, is familiar with Toronto coach Randy Carlyle from being together with the Anaheim Ducks and while there's mutual respect, they won't be spending any time in the hallway after the game catching up.

"We're not going to say hello or anything, but it certainly won't be something where I'm aiming a puck at the bench. That's for sure ... That's not going to cross my mind at all," said Ryan with a smile Wednesday.

Carlyle and Ryan didn't always see eye-to-eye during their four years together with the Ducks. Carlyle demanded that Ryan be part of the program and that's a big reason why his name always lingered in trade rumours.


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