Detroit Red Wings forward Bobby Ryan out for season

Mar 4, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; Detroit Red Wings right wing Bobby Ryan (54) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings forward Bobby Ryan will miss the rest of the season with an upper-body injury.

Ryan, 34, has not played since March 28 and finishes with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 33 games.

“He was trying to come back from that injury, he practiced two days ago and felt pretty good through most of it,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Friday. “Felt a twinge at the end, and in the end, it’s a situation where we expect him to miss the rest of the season.”

He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Red Wings in October following seven seasons with the Ottawa Senators (2013-20) and six with the Anaheim Ducks (2007-13).

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“I think Bobby came in, did a really good job, obviously scored early,” Blashill said. “Again, he’s had a nagging back injury through parts of the year and those are the ones that don’t necessarily go away. So, it probably hurt his ability to just keep rolling. Obviously scoring is one of those things that fluctuates. I liked having him on our team, he made our team better and he was a good example for our young guys.”

Ryan was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 NHL Draft by Anaheim, selected after Sidney Crosby went first to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Ryan has 569 career points (261 goals, 308 assists) and 470 penalty minutes in 866 games.

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Ryan won the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2019-20 for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport. He took an extended leave of absence from the Senators last November to enter the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program amid a battle with alcohol abuse.

–Field Level Media