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07-20-2006, 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Stiffler View Post
Ryder is so underrated here, it's not even funny... Yet, if he was playing for another club, we'd hear all those rumors about how the habs should trade for Michael Ryder... Ryder and Gagné are not worlds apart, especially considering the injury Ryder had last year.
Exactly. The benefits for the flyers are the following:

Equivalent goal production: Ryder can score as much as Gagne with Forsberg as his center.
Ryder is cheaper: cap relief allowing them to get other players or sign their own.
Gagne's superior two-way play is compensated by a high-end prospect (e.g. Perezhogin)

Taking all of that into account, Ryder + high end prospect for Gagne = fair

However, Habs would probably need to add a draft pick because you need to overpay a little for a 47-goal player who is french-canadian.

That's the way I see it.

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