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Why 'sleepy' Ryan was snubbed

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07:32 AM ET 01.02 | While some may have considered Bobby Ryan a safe bet to make it to Sochi, David Poile and his management team decided otherwise. [Ryan] was also in Vancouver and has been the most consistent of U.S.-born scorers, having tallied 30 or more goals four times for Anaheim before being dealt to Ottawa. ... The issue is where he fits. If he's not a top-six forward, his skating doesn't really lend itself to him being a third-line checker. He cannot kill penalties, and while in Anaheim, he was not on the team's top power-play unit. "I think he's sleepy. I think he skates sleepy," offers one member of the selection committee. Poile asks for a show of hands: "Are guys nervous about Bobby Ryan?" A flurry of hands go up in the air. "That's a lot of guys," Poile notes.

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January 2, 2014  08:12 AM ET

30+ goals in 4 seasons? Someone get this guy a cup of coffee!

January 2, 2014  08:32 AM ET

"Why 'sleepy' Ryan was snubbed"

No handsome prince was found to kiss him awake.

January 2, 2014  08:45 AM ET

I'm sure he's got a piece of his anatomy that he wants Poile to kiss.

January 2, 2014  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"Why 'sleepy' Ryan was snubbed"No handsome prince was found to kiss him awake.

Beauty of a comment

January 2, 2014  09:34 AM ET

Doesn't matter, it's all coming down to Canada-Russia.

We have a weak squad this time out.

January 2, 2014  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

30+ goals in 4 seasons? Someone get this guy a cup of coffee!

If that's how he plays when he's sleepy, I'd keep him away from coffee.

January 2, 2014  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Doesn't matter, it's all coming down to Canada-Russia.We have a weak squad this time out.

I agree, though maybe not weak....let's say "not quite there"...bronze is looking good right about now.
Who is playing goal for Russia?
varlamov is out of trouble i see (shocking, he says in best Claude Rains voice)

January 2, 2014  09:47 AM ET

Are all the guys who put up their hands 30+ goal scorers? Strange.

January 2, 2014  09:56 AM ET

Cause the person who assembled the team is repeating what he does with his own team. No offense, no really good teams, no runs in the tourny.
How is Ryan not on, but Brown, Callahan, Oshie, Wheeler, Stephan on. Do we not want to score? He is third over the last 4 years in goals for Americans.
And how is Yandle not on the team. THe highest scoring American Dman over the last 4 years. For Paul Martin, or Brooks Orpick or Faulk.
And Howard should be behind Bishop and maybe Schneider.

They did a terrible job of putting this team together, and if I'm a Nashville fan I just saw why my team never is really good.

January 2, 2014  09:59 AM ET

Why 'sleepy' Ryan was snubbed

Then why were the rest of the dwarfs selected?

January 2, 2014  10:29 AM ET

If he skated sleepy he would have been carried off the ice more times than he scored.BS.

January 2, 2014  10:37 AM ET

Team management should have picked Ryan for no other reason than they could have dubbed him their sleeper pick.

January 2, 2014  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Why 'sleepy' Ryan was snubbedThen why were the rest of the dwarfs selected?

Touche.

Bobby's no where near the only 'slighted' one - and this is nowhere near the strongest team. Erik and Jack Johnson and Buff should all be there - Borpick - ha, ha, ha - only Dion would match that one. Bishop is #1 right now - does it take a Yzzz-man to tell ya that. And wot a brain-trust - Bilgema and Lavulvalette, wooo-hooo. ONLY 4 true centers (and somewhat injury-prone at that). Why so many right-wingers (Tea-party strikes again?). Maybe they'll jell - nuhhmmmm, Smurf-jelly.

January 2, 2014  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Doesn't matter, it's all coming down to Canada-Russia.We have a weak squad this time out.

Canada. Gold.

January 2, 2014  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Cause the person who assembled the team is repeating what he does with his own team. No offense, no really good teams, no runs in the tourny. How is Ryan not on, but Brown, Callahan, Oshie, Wheeler, Stephan on. Do we not want to score? He is third over the last 4 years in goals for Americans.And how is Yandle not on the team. THe highest scoring American Dman over the last 4 years. For Paul Martin, or Brooks Orpick or Faulk.And Howard should be behind Bishop and maybe Schneider.They did a terrible job of putting this team together, and if I'm a Nashville fan I just saw why my team never is really good.

When I saw the team USA roster I actually LOLed. Looks like USa has the same clowns running the show as Canada did in Torino.

January 2, 2014  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Doesn't matter, it's all coming down to Canada-Russia.We have a weak squad this time out.

You sound pretty sure of it. I'm not. I haven't been impressed by either the US or Canada so far. The Swedes have been impressive and will have a say in the final outcome. I have them down for Gold. The Finns are also making a case for themselves. Canada might have to settle for Bronze.

January 2, 2014  12:00 PM ET

Sorry, fellas! I guess we are talking about two different things here. I'm watching the WJHC and my comments above refer to that tournament. I haven't decided on the O-lame-picks yet.

January 2, 2014  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Doesn't matter, it's all coming down to Sweden-Russia.

Agreed.

January 2, 2014  12:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Canada. 4th place participant ribbon....

Concur.

 
January 2, 2014  12:59 PM ET

Been reading some of the "logic" behind the GM's team building. Not sure I understand it, but nonetheless...

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