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Montreal’s Gallagher gives Ryder No. 73

Feb 27, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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In his second stint with the Canadiens, Michael Ryder will be wearing his trusty No. 73.

That was the word out of Montreal on Wednesday as the club announced rookie Brendan Gallagher gave the number to Ryder, who has worn 73 since breaking into the NHL in 2003.

“It was nice of [Gallagher] to give me the 73,” Ryder told the Canadiens website. “It’s the number I wore my whole career.”

Ryder also sported the number in Boston and Dallas, the latter being the club that traded him to Montreal on Tuesday in exchange for Erik Cole.

TSN’s John Lu notes that Gallagher will now wear No. 11, which became available after the Habs bought out Scott Gomez in January.

In making the move, Gallagher will now join some stellar company of No. 11s in Montreal history — four-time Stanley Cup champion Yvon Lambert, current Carolina Hurricanes head coach Kirk Muller and former Montreal Captain Saku Koivu.

For those of you thinking this is a gesture of respect from Gallagher, honoring a veteran NHLer making his second tour of duty with his original club….uh, check out Chris Johnston of Sportsnet’s tweet:

  1. missthemexpos - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Noticed that you didn’t mention that Lafleur wore #11 for the Canadiens. Of course I am talking about Roland Lafleur, not quite as famous as some other guy with the last name Lafleur who played for the Habs.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      Haha. Good one.

  2. davebabychreturns - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    I’m always surprised to see a player able to get a classic number like 11 on the Habs. With their history you’d think they’d need to invent new numbers just to have enough for the whole team.

    At least, if they retired numbers like some other franchises (*cough* Canucks, 3 jerseys and 0 cup banners in the rafters) do.

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