Ottawa head coach Guy Boucher has looked to stamp his authority on the team early, benching both Bobby Ryan and Cody Ceci during the first period of the Senators preseason game against Montreal on Saturday after the pair were late for a team meeting.
The Senators lost the game 4-3 in overtime after surrendering the lead late in the game, with Ryan registering an assist. Both he and Ceci received regular shifts in the second and third periods.
“Cody and I missed a meeting at 12:30 p.m. that we were unaware of so we missed it,” Ryan told Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Citizen. “We had a quick chat with (Boucher) and he expressed what we were going to do for the first period, so he handled it well. We tried to sit there and be good teammates and cheer the team on as much as we could.”
“We were late and we paid the price. We handled it internally.”
Ryan is the Senators highest paid player, carrying a cap hit of $7.25 million per season after signing a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension in 2015, though some are disappointed with his output since joining the team from Anaheim in 2013.
While the Cherry Hill, New Jersey native has broken the 20-goal and 50-point plateaus twice in his three seasons in the Canadian capital, he hasn’t shown quite the same touch that saw him post four consecutive 30 goal campaigns with the Ducks.
Ceci signed a two-year bridge deal in late August worth a total of $5.6 million.