Winter Olympics 2014: David Poile apologizes to Bobby Ryan for 'denigrating' comments

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The Team USA general manager owned up to critical comments published in ESPN this week.

The fallout from ESPN's tell-all about USA Hockey's reasoning for leaving Bobby Ryan off the 2014 Winter Olympics roster continued on Friday.

Just a day after the Ottawa Senators forward acknowledged he felt 'degraded' by critical comments made by general manager David Poile, Brian Burke and other members of USA management, Poile offered a public apology during a conference call.

In case you missed the article, at different times Ryan was described as a "sleepy skater" and Burke said that the word intense was "not in his vocabulary." Ryan told Ottawa reporters that he thought the comments from Burke were "gutless."

Poile addressed those comments on Friday and partially blamed USA Hockey's misunderstanding of the editorial control over ESPN's story for the comments getting out.

None of this will matter if Ryan makes the team after an injury in Sochi, but for now the USA will continue to face questions about Ryan's omission. Don't bet on any more behind-the-scenes reporting any time soon after this media storm.

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