Lightning ink Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts
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06-28-2008, 03:37 PM
DROP THE PUCK
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I would prefer Malone to some others out there such as Hossa who can be great as long as he's playing with someone who is even better but who will get a huge contract from some team whether or not anyway or a Ryder who though healthy was to be found sitting in the stands during his teams playoffs last spring or a Satan who if he's not scoring is not doing anything. This is not a particularly good year for free agents--especially forwards. If we don't sign Jagr--there's a good chance IMO we won't make the playoffs next season--which is a step back in that sense but does not mean necessarily that the team cannot progress if some of our younger forwards step up. There's a question if we want to sign anybody to a long term high end contract such as a Ryder just to remain respectable in the standings? He or Satan might just amount to being the return of Valeri Kamensky--2009 version.
On the subject of Ryder, people more often then not fail to mention the whole story.
He simply was not treated well in Montreal, and he needs a change.
He had a bad year and was still mildly productive in the Goals column.
Put him with someone who compliments his style (Gomez), and a coach who prides him self on not being a brash, pompous *******, but rather showing his players respect in exchange for hard work (Renney), and he will get back on track.
Ryder didn't score 85 goals through the 3 seasons prior to this, out of coincidence. He has a quick release that he uses off the rush. Which is very convenient considering Gomez is someone who rushes the puck and feeds it to someone to shoot off the rush... only problem is that Gomez didn't have a single, solitary body who could pull that off this year.
Also, Ryder is not going to be overpaid. On the contrary he will probably be undervalued on the market, and who ever signs him will have gotten a UFA steal this summer.
Also, because Renney is so patient, he can teach Ryder the finer points of play away from the puck, as well.
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