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Report: Canadiens won’t re-sign Michael Ryder

May 30, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT


It looks like Michael Ryder‘s second stint with the Montreal Canadiens will be limited to 32 regular season and playoff contests.

Ryder’s agent informed the Journal de Montreal that his client is not part of Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s plans.

After helping the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup, the now 33-year-old forward inked a two-year, $7,000,000 contract with the Dallas Stars back in the summer of 2011.

He scored a career-high 35 goals and registered 27 assists in 82 games with the Stars in 2011-12, but Dallas decided to trade him to Montreal on Feb. 26 in a deal that also involved forward Erik Cole.

Montreal was the team that originally drafted Ryder in 1998 and he spent his first four NHL seasons with the squad.

Among players currently scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer, Ryder is in a three-way tie for fourth place with 35 points in 46 games.

  1. upyourstodd - May 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    After watching him win a cup with the Bruins in ’11, it was painful to watch Snip Ryder play for Montreal. This is great news, no matter who he ends up signing with.

  2. pastabelly - May 30, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    No cup in Boston in 11 without him. Bring him back if Horton goes elsewhere.

    • nhloon - May 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      Agree 100 %

    • odj810 - May 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      agree but its all about dollars with both players.

  3. ironyisadeadscene - May 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    He could serve as back up goalie as well he’s got a great glove hand

  4. sjsharks66 - May 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    This is insane. First Boston lets him go. Then Dallas gives him up. Now the Habs.

    Come to the Sharks!

    • nhloon - May 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      Boston, did not give him what the stars were willing to, he was looking at maybe 6mm per for 2 a two year deal in Boston. Dallas paid and then shipped him to MTL because the stars are morons and signed another over paid cole.

      • jkennedy1970 - May 30, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        The Stars wanted to keep Ryder, but he was going to be a UFA and he told Stars managment that he wasn’t going to re-sign. So, we traded him to MTL for Cole who the Stars will have under contract for another year. Simple arithmetic. Not hard to figure out why the Stars traded Ryder.

  5. capsfan19 - May 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Ugh if his cap hit wasnt so high go to caps ha

    • devilsarethebest - May 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      He’s unristricted, and his cap hit will go down for sure.

      • 19to77 - May 30, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        People’s caps rarely go down in UFA. Plus, it’s not like he underperformed. 33 points in 48 games plays out to 56 points in a full season. For $3.5m, that’s not bad at all.

      • 19to77 - May 30, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Derp. 35 points. Mixed it up with his age. Even better! That’s 62 points in a full season. His cap hit’s going up, if anything.

  6. packerswin96 - May 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    If he was in their plans after the regular season, his performance in the playoffs changed them.

  7. mathieug79 - May 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Not Surprised one bit. The move was only made to get rid of Erik Coles contract.

  8. avenueroadadvertising - May 30, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    He’s a cup winner, a sniper, loves playing in Montreal, always scores wherever he goes. I wouldn’t get rid of him, just like I would never have traded Halak. What’s with getting rid of people with good stats that excel in the pressure cooker of Montreal?

    They will keep Price who has poor stats, in only the most important times like: shootouts, less than 2 min left in the game, overtimes, playoffs… but what do I know?
    Apparently managing by stats is not the way to go.

  9. eaglesbest - May 30, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Bring him back where he belongs……Boston!! Go Bruins!

  10. titansrbeast - May 30, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Wow, I wanted this guy to come to San Jose when he was released by Boston. Please come to the Sharks and give us some depth Michael Ryder!

  11. chuchie414 - May 30, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    This is exactly the type of player Nashville NEEDS right now.

  12. jacketsfan7 - May 30, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Hell yeah , such an underrated player , great guy , I’m happy he’s out of there

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