Thread: Confirmed with Link: Stars sign Michael Ryder (2 years, $3.5M)
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07-01-2011, 09:51 PM
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Golden locks and a golden shot, that's Michael Rydah!

He comes from Bonavista, a fishing town of less than 4000 souls on the Newfoundland coast (supposedly it was Cabot's first sighting of land and he shouted "O buon vista!") and spent his formative hockey years on puke-inducing boat rides to get to away games. Rydes is a good kid and damn, I'm gonna miss his wrist shot.

Cut him some slack the regular season...he'll tend to float. Cut him some slack when, inevitably, he overestimates his skating skills and decides he can take on three players just past the blueline and then, inevitably, gets squeezed out of the puck. The kid will work his tail off during the playoffs, he'll backcheck, he'll score, hell he'll even play goalie if need be.

Good luck to Rydes on his new team!

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