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The National Hockey League is a business, and unfortunately, that means that sometimes feelings have to be hurt.
The Detroit Red Wings informed veteran forward Bobby Ryan earlier today that he's been released from his professional tryout contract, meaning that he won't be suiting up for a second season in the Motor City.
According to head coach Jeff Blashill, it wasn't an easy decision.
"It's a tough call," Blashill said. "He's a good person and a good hockey player."
He had been with the team attempting to win a spot in the lineup after agreeing to the professional tryout this summer.
Ryan took a leave of absence from the Ottawa Senators two seasons ago in order to deal with personal issues stemming from alcohol abuse. But he completed his recovery, and scored a hat trick for good measure with Ottawa in his first game back. He was later awarded the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his perseverance.
He signed a one-year deal with Detroit last offseason and soon made team history by scoring four goals in his first three games with the team. He'd finish the year with seven goals and seven assists in 33 games played.
A veteran of 866 NHL games played between the Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators and Red Wings, Ryan has tallied 261 career goals with 308 assists, along with 470 PIM.
We certainly hope that he'll be able to continue his NHL career with another team, as he's truly one of the feel good stories in the sports world.