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Devils land Michael Ryder for two years, $7M

Jul 5, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

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The New Jersey Devils added another significant free agent forward on Friday, signing winger Michael Ryder to a two-year, $7 million contract, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports.

Earlier today, the Devils made a big investment in Ryane Clowe, signing him to a five-year, $24.25 million deal. They also signed Rostislav Olesz for $1 million over a single season.

In “free agent frenzy” terms, Ryder’s $3.5 million cap hit could be considered a relative bargain.

He scored 35 points in 46 regular season games between the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens in 2013 and collected a career-high 35 goals in 2011-12 with Dallas. The 33-year-old also won a Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2011.

Fun fact: both Clowe and Ryder are from Newfoundland. Perhaps that factored into Ryder joining the Devils?

Either way, this is the cherry on top of a busy week for GM Lou Lamoriello, who landed big free agents on Friday, re-signed Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus earlier this week and made that splashy trade for Cory Schneider at the draft.

  1. 950003cups - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Great week for the Devils

    Schneider was a great pick up. Still needs to prove himself in postseason. So far he’s 0-2. Clowe with 2 recent concussions, and had some media guys replace the C with an S for his last name. Now, we have Ryder? I’ve never noticed him when he’s played. Just an average player, who now makes a lot more than he should. Oh yeah, and we resigned to aging vets.


    • nj666 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      please stop.

  2. thejrod2006 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Love it. Now they just gotta get Henrique signed and they’re good to go.

  3. 950003cups - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    And who the hell is this “Olesz” dude that they keep mentioning? They talk like he’s the next coming of Lemieux. I love all what Lou does, but today I feel like he sold us some special snake oil.

    As if we can’t look his stats up online. It basically shows that he has bankers hours. Never plays a complete season. Can’t score. Can’t pass! In 12 years the guy racked up an eye popping 75 assists.

    I can hear Doc already “The Cup To New Jersey!!!”

    Wassap with Master Lou?

  4. thejrod2006 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Devils now have the 10th highest payroll….interesting, as they always seem to have ‘financial problems’

  5. uscthom78 - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Nj must be riding high with this signing

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Considering the Devils’ free agents that were available to leave, they did pretty well. They resigned their top UFA in Elias and maybe paid slightly too much for Zubrus. Clowe is a good replacement for Clarkson. Before he suffered those two concussions with NY, Clowe looked like a change of scenery was what he needed. Michael Ryder still has a 15-20+ goal season left in him and should be a decent depth player for only two years. Considering what this team lost this offseason and what was available, they did rather well.

    The only thing this team didn’t address was landing another scoring talent. Every championship team has at least 3+ and they better hope Reid Boucher turns out to be the next Stamkos so they can be one scorer short of becoming a contender again.

    • thejrod2006 - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Since you mentioned Boucher, hopefully, now the Devils aren’t tempted to rush him to Newark…..they can let him and Matteau continue to develop in Albany or the Q or wherever.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 6, 2013 at 7:09 AM

        You may be right about Matteau. He’s just not NHL ready and looks like he’s years away to be even a third liner. The Devils won’t use another year on his contract only to find out what they should already know. Matteau was an huge indirect blunder by Lou. They should have forfeited that year knowing they had the 29th pick in an average depth draft. Very very dumb.

        Reid Boucher’s future, I think, is a different story. The kid currently has a ton of hype behind him as the scorer they desperately need with a roster that is breakable by someone with even second line talent. If Boucher performs well in camp, you’ll definitely see him on the Devils’ opening night roster.

        The Devils scoring prospects are Tedenby, who’s been nothing short of dreadful, and Boucher. The forwards well is so dry for them especially considering the contrast of how much future talent they have stored up defensively. They’ve got about 3-6 future 1st pair NHL defenseman and are lucky if they have even one future 2nd line winger.

        They don’t really have a choice but to roll the dice and to push Reid Boucher if he even shows the slightest hint of NHL capability, since it’s only Kovalchuk that can make a defense/goalie stay on high alert with every shift he’s on.

        No one else on the Devils is dangerous enough to draw that kinda focus, which is the big problem.

  7. ktboston - Jul 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Glad to see him out of that classless uniform

  8. withseidelinn - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Ryder is a great player, which makes it confusing why he never seems to stick with one team

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