Bobby Ryan has had to deal with a lot of difficulty in his life from a very young age, but one thing he's never lost sight of is his modesty. After word that Ottawa was placing the 33-year-old winger on waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining two years of his contract, Ryan released a statement with nothing but good things to say about the organization and the city.

"While the news this morning came as a bit of a chock, I understand the decision," said Ryan. "The Sens are an upcoming young team with so many bright years ahead of them and I'm excited to follow along as a fan of all the young players as the rest of you."

Ryan went on to thank Sens owner Eugene Melnyk for "giving me a chance to wear the Sens logo for so many years."

"You've always treated me and my family incredibly well [and] for that I'm grateful," he added.

Ryan thanked the staff and trainers in Ottawa for their time and didn't forget to express gratitude towards his teammates.

"To my teammates past and present to wear the jersey, it was a pleasure to skate with you guys," said Ryan. "Countless memories of good and bad I'll never forget."

He ended by thanking the fans for their love and support, saying Ottawa would always hold a special place in his heart and the heart of his family.

Ottawa signed Ryan to a seven-year contract in 2014 worth $7.25 million per season (AAV). He, unfortauntely, necer lived up to that deal. He took time away from his teammates this season in order to enter rehab for alcohol addiction. He notched a hattrick in his first game back leading to an emotional moment in Ottawa. He was awarded the Bill Masterson Trophy recently as the player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.”

Ryan has written about his father, who was charged with attempted murder after beating his mother badly while in a drunken rage. He jumped bail and fled to Canada. His son and wife later forgave and joined him on the lam in Canada, living under assumed names. The family eventually relocated to California so Ryan could play in an elite youth hockey feeder system. In February of 2000, Ryan's father, who had been supporting the family as a professional gambler, was arrested at home by the United States Marshals Service.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020  (14H05)