Team USA says sorry to Ottawa Senators' Bobby Ryan

USA's David Backesand (facing) is congratulated by teammates Brian Rafalski (28), Bobby Ryan (54)...

USA's David Backesand (facing) is congratulated by teammates Brian Rafalski (28), Bobby Ryan (54) and Ryan Callahan during a goal against Team Switzerland during second period Olympic hockey action at GM Place in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI AGENCY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

OTTAWA - Bobby Ryan didn’t change his tune after getting a Star Spangled sorry from Team USA Friday.

Hours after a horrified Team USA GM David Poile issued a public apology to the Senators winger for comments about his intensity by Brian Burke, Ryan maintained he wants the whole incident behind him but has no interest in speaking to the Calgary president.

Burke was quoted as saying: "He is not intense. That word is not in his vocabulary. It's never going to be in his vocabulary. He can't spell intense."

Asked by the Ottawa Sun — the only local newspaper on a conference call with reporters — if he was upset the comments were public, Poile didn’t mince his words.

“I’m trying right now, if I can, to apologize to Bobby Ryan,” said Poile. “If that was said about me or one of my players I would be very upset with this. I apologize as much as I can.

“I’m big on (growing the game). As far as anything to denigrate any player, that is not what any of us signed up for. This was just a little bit too much. For the umpteenth time I totally apologize to Bobby Ryan on behalf of our staff and Brian Burke, who was absolutely the biggest supporter of Bobby Ryan on our staff. Nowhere does that show that. It’s just unfortunate.”

Ryan didn’t sound overly thrilled.


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