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Sens play it safe with Ryan after he collides with Turris

Brandon Sutter, Bobby Ryan

Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan (6) battles for the puck in the corner against Pittsburgh Penguins’ Brandon Sutter in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Update: the Ottawa Sun’s Don Brennan reports that Ryan said he just got his “bell rung” and isn’t suffering from concussion-like symptoms. We’ll see if that changes, though.

As with the many miscellaneous injuries that crop up during training camp and exhibition games, it’s important to note that NHL teams are especially cautious when the contests mean little to a big chunk of players involved. Even so, it’s worth noting that the Ottawa Senators are keeping an eye on Bobby Ryan’s condition.

He was held out the remainder of Sunday’s scrimmage and won’t play in either of Monday’s split-squad preseason games after colliding with Kyle Turris. The Ottawa Citizen’s Ken Warren reports that the team’s making sure he didn’t suffer a concussion:

Ryan, 27, has already made headlines this summer as he reportedly turned down a lucrative extension offer from the Senators.

It’s a big season for him (and his place with the team), so this potential injury would come at an especially poor time.

Ryan had a bit of an off year by many standards, yet even with that in mind, he still scored 23 goals in 2013-14. Entering this coming season at full-strength would obviously be ideal, especially since the Senators look like they’ll be leaning on Ryan quite heavily.

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