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Bobby Ryan won’t “take somebody else’s job” by playing in Europe

Bobby Ryan, Carey Price

Anaheim Ducks’ Bobby Ryan (9) scores against Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, right, during overtime shootout NHL hockey game action in Montreal, Saturday, in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)


We’ve heard a lot of players say that they will consider playing in Europe in the event of a lengthy lockout. Anaheim forward Bobby Ryan isn’t one of them.

If there’s a lockout, Ryan plans to stay and skate in California, according to the Orange County Register’s Eric Stephens.

“I know you’ll lose guys right way,” Ryan said. “That being said, I’m an NHL player. I’m not going to take somebody else’s job overseas.”

Even if there was labor peace between the players and owners, this would have still been an eventful summer for Ryan. He’s coming off of a somewhat disappointing season -- at least by his high standards -- and has been the subject of frequent trade rumors.

Those seemed to get over his skin because he said in an interview, “I gotta be honest with you. At this point, I don’t care. Move me…because it’s just tough going to the rink every day knowing that if something goes wrong, you’re going to be the guy moved.”

He later regretted what he said and called it “kind of stupid.”