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04-20-2009, 10:59 PM
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Schooner Guy
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I honestly didn't think Ryder played so badly last season. He just got buried in Carbo's doghouse and Carbo wouldn't give him an adequate opportunity to get his scoring touch going. Gainey didn't trade him at the deadline last season and mentioned in the press conference that Ryder offers some special skills. Carbo continued to bench him.

Julien said today that all Ryder needed was to get his confidence back. That comes with adequate ice-time. I noticed Julien had Ryder on the ice late in tonight's game defending a one goal lead and Ryder was backchecking like crazy.

He's a quality NHL'er and we could certainly use a proven 30 goal guy in his prime years that we developed. He always seemed like a nice guy as well.

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