Ryan (not injury related) has returned to training at Ottawa's Canadian Tire Centre, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Ryan is still in the NHL's player assistance program, and there's still no timeline for his return, but the fact that he's resumed skating at the Senators' facility is obviously a step in the right direction. Another update on the veteran winger's status should surface once he's set to return to practice with his teammates.
Ryan will take a leave from the Senators in order to participate in the league's player assistance program, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports. Ryan was set to be in the lineup on Monday in Detroit, but left the Senators' pregame skate, with coach D.J. Smith saying only that Ryan wasn't feeling well, offering no details. Ryan did not dress against the Red Wings, and he will now be away from the team indefinitely while he seeks help from the NHL's player assistance program. While the winger is away, Max Veronneau and Mikkel Boedker should take on increased roles.
Ryan will enter the lineup for Monday's game against the Hurricanes. The 32-year-old has been a healthy scratch for the past two games but will finally re-enter the lineup Monday. He'll take the place of Jonathan Davidsson -- who is dealing with a lower-body injury -- on the fourth line. Ryan has just four points in 12 games this year.
Coach D.J. Smith said Sunday that Ryan will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's game against San Jose, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports. The young coach is looking to get the veteran going, as Ryan has just one point and is a minus-2 in his past six games. The 32-year-old was already relagated to a bottom-six role with the club recently, but will hope to get back into the lineup for next Saturday's game against Boston. In the meantime, 22-year-old Filip Chlapik will draw into the lineup in Ryan's stead.
Ryan tallied an assist in 15:20 of ice time during Wednesday's 5-2 win over Detroit. Ryan notched one goal and three points in the first four games of the campaign before going scoreless in four consecutive contests, but he was finally able to snap that scoreless streak against the struggling Red Wings. The 32-year-old will likely be locked into a middle-six role and a spot on one of Ottawa's power-play units throughout the campaign, but he'll offer middling fantasy value at best on a bottom-feeding Senators squad.
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