Sunday, July 29, 2007

Canadiens Get Their Ryder

Well, you can eliminate the asterisk beside Michael Ryder's name in the story down below. Ryder signed a 1-year deal with the Canadiens on Sunday. He avoids his arbitration hearing that was supposed to get underway on Monday. Now the monetary figure hasn't been announced just yet, but like it was mentioned yesterday, the Canadiens are not in any cap trouble going into camp. I think you'll see Ryder earn somewhere between $3 and $4 million next season, as that's what the market dictates.

Last season, Ryder saw all 82 games with the Canadiens, scoring 30 goals and 58 points. He finished 105th in pool rankings, up 13 spots from the season previous. He did finish 47th in 2003/04, so the potential is there for him to be in the Top 100, so as a bit of a sleeper, he can go up on anyone's list for a pretty decent gamble. I won't be able to do it himself though... watch who he ends up playing with in camp and if he gets himself a bonafide playmaker as a centre, that's when he'll be at his best for the pool.

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