Sens coach: HNIC criticism of Ryan just wrong

Bobby Ryan. (QMI Agency)

Bobby Ryan. (QMI Agency)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:33 PM ET

LOS ANGELES - Paul MacLean says Hockey Night in Canada is out to lunch. At least when it comes to its criticism of Bobby Ryan.

The Senators' high-profile signing was the subject of some negative comments Saturday night about his skating when the Sens took on the Leafs in the nationally telecast game.

"I'm fine with his skating," said MacLean. "I don't think the picture of him has a dimension of speed, no, that's not his dimension. But he skates more than fine to play in the NHL."

MacLean scoffed at the idea Ryan is out of shape.

"Whoever CBC is, or whoever they are, don't know what they're talking about. His conditioning level is fine."

As for Ryan, he isn't worried about all the early naysayers.

As the Senators prepare to start a four-game road trip Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan was the focus of attention because his line was held to a single goal against Buffalo and Toronto on the weekend.


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