Oilers' Derek Ryan was Furious Toward the Media, and he Let Them Know

Elliot Ben Jacob
April 8, 2024  (12:54)

Edmonton Oilers' Derek Ryan.
Photo credit: CBC

Seasoned Player's Perspective on Media Relations

The Edmonton Oilers occasionally find their relations with the press shaky. Derek Ryan, a seasoned forward with a notable career in hockey, has transitioned from avoiding media criticisms to openly addressing them.
Following a match against the Calgary Flames that ended in a victory for the Oilers, Ryan took the opportunity during a post-game interview to express the team's disregard for the media and its opinions.

A Hopeful Interview Post Victory

Ryan shared his thoughts in a post-victory interview, documented on how the Oilers rebounded from a loss to Dallas.
Yeah, that's a microcosm of our whole season, you know, with the start that we had, and the character in this room, we were able to bounce back from that. There's a lot of people in Edmonton, a lot of people standing around me right now that were writing us off. Look at us now.

His explanation, painting the event as a reflection of the season's ups and downs, highlighted the confidence within the team's locker room. When asked on whether media serves as a motivator, his response was a straightforward ‘No.'

The Team's Strategy Beyond Scoring

Ryan also addressed the story surrounding the Oilers' need for additional scoring, especially from the bottom six forwards. He argued that effectiveness for players in these positions extends beyond scoring.
Responsibilities such as defensive play, penalty killing, and other roles are just as important, suggesting the team's wider approach to success despite the current scoring issues.

Public Reception and the Future

The public's reaction to Ryan's words and his defense of his teammates was overwhelmingly positive, as seen on Twitter. At 37, Ryan's dedication to his team is clear, despite a season that saw him score 5 goals and 12 points over 68 games.
Discussions around retirement have been debated, making Ryan's potential departure an additional motivator for the team, especially with the playoffs approaching, as discussed by fans on Twitter.
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