Bobby Ryan will be away from the Ottawa Senators indefinitely after entering the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, the league announced today. This is the same program that Micheal Haley entered last fall when he was with the Florida Panthers. It is designed to help players and their families treat health issues, including substance abuse. Senators GM Pierre Dorion released a short statement through Bruce Garrioch of Postmedia:
Bobby is an important member of the Ottawa Senators family and he has our full support as he tends to this matter.
Neither the league or union will comment further on Ryan’s leave, but immediately after the announcement social media was full of support for the veteran forward.
Ryan, 32, has just four points this season and was made a healthy scratch at one point, a far cry from his dominating 30+ goal seasons with the Anaheim Ducks at the beginning of his career. PHR wishes him the best and hopes he gets whatever assistance is needed.