OTTAWA -- Bobby Ryan is the first to admit that he and Randy Carlyle had a tumultuous relationship. But he also knows his former head coach made him a better player. Ryan, now with the Ottawa Senators, played under Carlyle for parts of five years with the Anaheim Ducks. Carlyle is now coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs and the two will face each another in a pre-season game in Ottawa on Thursday. The 26-year-old Ryan, acquired in a trade from Anaheim July 5, is anxious to make a name for himself with the Senators and isnt interested in dwelling on the past. When asked about his relationship with Carlyle, Ryan said it may have been misunderstood. "It wasnt a bad relationship, it just wasnt a great one," said Ryan. "Thats all it was. Hes a tough coach and I still really do owe him quite a bit for becoming the player that I am and that isnt lost on me one bit." Ryan first arrived in Anaheim as an eager 20-year-old looking to live up to his second-overall selection in the draft. But after just four games in the NHL, he was sent down to the American Hockey League and ended up playing just 23 games with Anaheim. Over the next 3 1/2 years, Ryan and Carlyle had their share of disagreements. Looking back, Ryan admits he may not have had the emotional maturity to deal with Carlyle. Some believed the animosity between the two became so bad that it played a factor in Carlyle being fired after just 24 games in the 2011-12 season. "I get sometimes he was a little too hard on me and that was just being young and not taking things the right way thats all it was," said Ryan. "I dont think it was any reason that he was let go or anything like that. I just wish I hadnt taken things so personally when it came across. Thats all it was. I truthfully dont think he had anything but the best intentions for me in his mind." Known for his abrasive style, Carlyle isnt one to mince words. Ryan described him as demanding and tough, but in the same breath said he was fair and that he "wants to get the best out of you." "I probably took things a little too personally, but Ive gotten older and a little more mature," said Ryan. "We are not going to say hello or anything, but it certainly wont be something where Im aiming a puck at the bench thats for sure." When asked about Ryan, the Leafs coach also chose to leave any ill will behind the two in the past. "I think Bobby was a young kid that had a different body make-up from what he is now," said Carlyle. "He put (in) a lot of time and effort, and its a tribute to him to get himself in the type of condition that he is now versus where he came out of junior." He called him a "very talented young player." "Hes a player thats dangerous as soon as he steps over the blue-line in the offensive zone," he said. "He can score from all areas, and hes got a tremendous amount of reach and skill. Hes an offensive weapon that well have to deal with, and Bobbys growing into a pretty mature hockey player both on and off the ice." If anyone understands the rift between Ryan and Carlyle its Torontos Joffrey Lupul, who had his own share of difficulties with Carlyle while playing in Anaheim. Lupul doesnt anticipate Carlyles presence to play a part in Ryans performance. "Im sure hes got enough motivation," said Lupul. "He was traded, playing for a new team in a hockey market now. Hes probably quite a motivated player this year." As for Ryan, hes looking forward to playing his first game in front of home crowd fans, by all indications, have been anxiously awaiting his debut. "Im looking forward to getting it out of the way," he said. "The excitements been building in the city and for myself for a long time. Hopefully we can reward them with a good game." Ryan has only played in the Canadian Tire Centre once in his career so he expects it may take some time for him to get comfortable. 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"If we can go and try to continue that mindset for our team, I think that would be something that would be crazy not to look at." It would be crazy to think any team can duplicate that effort in perfect fashion. Canadas team for the IIHF world hockey championship wont have any players from Sochi and this is a different tournament altogether. Most of the other countries are in the same boat, absent the top-end NHL talent from the Olympics, save for Alex Ovechkin and Sergei Bobrovsky returning for Russia after its disappointing run and others like Jaromir Jagr of the Czech Republic and Gustav Nyquist of Sweden also going to Minsk. But that doesnt change Canaadas plan for this tournament, which begins with Fridays opener against France. Kyle Turris isnt Sidney Crosby, Morgan Rielly isnt Shea Weber and neither James Reimer nor Ben Scrivens is Carey Price, but the hope is that talented NHL players in their own right can get the same job done. "I think your team has to have its own identity, but you look at what that team did and the success it had on the big ice and with NHL players, theres certainly some things that you can use on our team," Tippett said. "The team that played in Sochi, you could say was one of the best teams in the history of the game, the way they played. You realize we dont have that same team, but the way they played and their commitment to playing as a team was as strong as anything weve seen in a long time. That part of the game can certainly translate into our team." The first steps are there. General manager Rob Blake along with assistant GMs Ron Hextall, Brad Treliving and Brad Pascall, like Steve Yzerman and his management team several months ago, looked for forward pairs to put together. Tippett, like Babcock, believes in having a left- and a right-handed shot on each defensive pairing. In terms of selecting the roster, Blake reiterated the obvious: that unlike the Olympics, an event every healthy player called wants badly to play in, the world championship is more selective. It has been a long NHL season and its too much of a grind to expect Sochi Olympianss to jump at the chance to play three extra weeks in Minsk.dddddddddddd "You go down to the tier of the younger guys and you get your commitments," Blake said in a phone interview. "You kind of work around. But Ron Hextall, Brad Treliving and Brad Pascall, the one thing they were pretty passionate about from the beginning is the guys that want to be there, those are the ones that you want." That group includes three Maple Leafs: Reimer, Rielly and centre Nazem Kadri, who played on the wing in Canadas exhibition game Tuesday in Zurich. It also includes in defenceman Braydon Coburn and forwards Brayden Schenn and Matt Read, three Flyers who just wrapped up a seven-game series loss to the Rangers. The crown jewel of the roster might be one of the final additions: Colorado Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the likely Calder Trophy winner who impressed in his first season and first Stanley Cup playoff series. MacKinnon is on the team at age 18 like Crosby was in 2006, when the Penguins star had eight goals and eight assists in nine games. Even before MacKinnon it was a young team thanks to defencemen Erik Gudbranson, Ryan Ellis, Tyler Myers and Rielly and forwards Jonathan Huberdeau, Sean Monahan and Mark Scheifele. Jason Chimera of the Washington Capitals, who won gold at the 2007 worlds in Moscow, is Canadas oldest player at the age of 35. Chimeras Capitals teammates Brouwer and Joel Ward are also on the roster. Chimera, a candidate to be captain, is important to Tippetts plan for the tournament because he knows what its all about. "The importance of the players who have been over there before and their experiences, especially relating that to our younger players that havent had that experience, is going to be a very important part of our preparation," Tippett said. The one thing about Canadas relative international inexperience is that its not a rarity here. Aside from Norway, Switzerland and Latvia, which feature national teams with major Sochi flavour, most teams have significant turnover from the Olympics. Tippett didnt see that as something Canada can take advantage of. From his experience as an assistant in this tournament, he knows what it means for European players and countries. "For the players that play in those leagues over there, this is their Stanley Cup playoffs," Tippett said. "If they win, their country puts a lot of onus on this tournament, and even though the players on our team would look at the Stanley Cup as the greatest thing to play for, you almost have to have that mind-set that the world championships, for a lot of these players over there, thats their Stanley Cup. "Well make sure that our players know the importance it is to those other teams to win and our competitiveness should be at the same level if were going to have a chance to win." --- Follow @SWhyno on Twitter ' ' '