NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Ottawa Senators pauses after missing a scoring chance late in the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December 27, 2016 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Senators 4-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Sens say Bobby Ryan was scratched because of ‘complex issues’

The Ottawa Senators were without Bobby Ryan during yesterday’s 1-0 loss to the Washington Capitals, but it was their choice to keep him out of the lineup.

Ryan was made a healthy scratch, we just aren’t sure why. He hasn’t been very productive this season, as he’s scored just seven goals and seven assists in 32 games, but there appears to be more to the story.

Leading up to last night’s game, Sens coach Guy Boucher was in no mood to discuss the scratching of his high-priced winger, which made the story that much more intriguing.

On Sunday, he shed a little more light on the situation, but still refused to go into detail when pressed by the local media.

All we know for sure, is that Ryan will be back in his team’s lineup when they take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight.

Although he took part in the optional skate, Ryan wasn’t made available for comment at any point this morning.

Senators will be without Bobby Ryan for at least next two games

CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 28: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Ottawa Senators in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 28, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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The Ottawa Senators were without forward Bobby Ryan during their 3-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday due to a hand injury that he aggravated on Tuesday against Buffalo. That injury resulted in him being placed on injured reserve by the team, which means he will miss at least the next two games, and potentially more.

On Friday, Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said the team received some positive news regarding Ryan’s injury and that it is possible he could accompany the team on its upcoming four-game road trip that begins on Monday in Pittsburgh. But he will still not be eligible to return until Wednesday when the team visits the San Jose Sharks.

That means he will be sidelined for Saturday’s home game against Florida as well as Monday’s game against the Penguins.

Dorion said on Friday, via NHL.com, that there is a 50-50 chance he accompanies the team on the upcoming road trip that also includes games against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

“I’ve got to give Bobby a lot of credit. People don’t know how many injuries he’s played through here, getting his hand frozen and playing through pain,” Dorion said via NHL.com.

Ryan initially injured his finger back on Nov. 17 against Nashville, forcing him to miss the next two games. After returning to the lineup he eventually had to leave Tuesday’s game against Buffalo.

After scoring 24 goals for the Senators a year ago he has just three goals and five assists in 21 games this season.

The Senators are 14-8-2 and in second place in the Atlantic Division, four points behind the Montreal Canadiens.

Bobby Ryan will miss Senators’ next game

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Ottawa Senators skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on November 15, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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It was a tough night for the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday.

A Mike Hoffman hat trick was not enough to overcome a slow start that saw them give up three first period goals (including two in the first 10 minutes) on their way to a 5-4 loss to the Buffalo Sabres. Making matters worse is they also lost veteran forward Bobby Ryan as he continues to deal with a left hand injury that has already forced him to miss two games this season.

He played just 2:20 on Tuesday before exiting the game. He did not return.

After the game Senators coach Guy Boucher said that Ryan will definitely be out for their next game on Thursday when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. Beyond that he is unsure of how much time Ryan might miss.

Boucher added that it had been a struggle for Ryan to stay in the lineup the past couple of games and that it finally reached a point on Tuesday that he could simply could not take it anymore.

Along with the injury it has been a slow start to the season for Ryan with just eight points (three goals, five assists) in 21 games through Tuesday. He has not scored a goal in 13 consecutive games dating back to Oct. 30 when he scored against the Edmonton Oilers. He has just three assists and only 16 shots on goal during that goal drought.

In 81 games a year ago he scored 24 goals and added 34 assists, finishing as the team’s fourth-leading scorer.

Senators lose Bobby Ryan (and lose big to Predators)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 15: Bobby Ryan #9 of the Ottawa Senators skates with the puck against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on November 15, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Are the Ottawa Senators primed to be the next team to suffer a wave of injuries?

The Senators were already without important (if struggling) forward Mike Hoffman against the Nashville Predators on Thursday; now they’ll play the remainder of tonight’s game without Bobby Ryan.

The team’s official announcement is that it’s an upper-body injury. They didn’t give an indication regarding how serious the ailment might be, at least beyond it ending his night early.

TSN’s Steve Lloyd wonders if it might be a hand issue, which is especially cruel to Ryan, who apparently fought through similar issues the past two seasons.

For a guy who lives off his nifty hands like Ryan, you wonder how much more productive he might be if he had a little better luck in this area.

Perhaps this time it will be a mere bump in the the road …

Update: It was a rough night for the Senators either way, as the Nashville Predators clobbered them 5-1. James Neal continued his hot streak:

The Senators aren’t sure about Ryan’s status, although this cryptic comment is a little troubling.

‘Thank you, Mom’: Bobby Ryan pens emotional letter to his late mother

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 21:  Bobby Ryan #6 of the Ottawa Senators prepares for the game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 21, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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A week after announcing on Twitter that his mother passed away, Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan penned an emotional letter in the Players’ Tribune, thanking her for having such a profound influence on his life.

A story from Sportsnet in September of 2013 detailed how Ryan’s childhood completely changed after his father committed a horrendous act of domestic violence that would eventually land him in prison, but not before the family was uprooted from New Jersey to California, and their names changed.

Ryan’s father, Robert Stevenson, was charged with attempted murder for an attack on his wife and Ryan’s mother when Ryan was just 10 years old, according to the Ottawa Sun. Stevenson fled to California and the family eventually followed, before Stevenson was arrested again and incarcerated.

In the Players’ Tribune, Ryan revealed the sacrifices his mother made as the sole provider for the family after the imprisonment of his father, working 16 hours a day “so that I could realize my dreams of becoming a professional hockey player.”

From Bobby Ryan:

As I reflect on our time together, there’s something I really need to tell you — and for the world to hear me say it: Thank you, Mom. Thank you so much.

Thank you for putting your life on the back-burner for several years just so that I could be happy. I know you didn’t have anyone to lean on, but you understood how much I needed you, and so you gave me all of yourself.

Thank you for showing me what it means to be a professional, for showing me that no matter what obstacle you may be facing, the best approach is always to just put your head down and go to work.

Thank you for helping me get through the eighth and ninth grades when neither of us really knew what we were doing with the whole homeschool thing. I still can’t believe we pulled a 3.0 GPA.

Thank you for playing so many roles in my life. You were my only parent for so long, but when it was time you were still able to let me go so that I could learn about the world on my own. I know how difficult that was for you. One of the biggest reasons I am where I am today is because you put me in a position to succeed. And not only succeed, but succeed on my own.