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06-13-2013, 11:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Coldplay View Post
There's no chance he signs, therefore the Habs have nothing to lose by letting him walk to UFA.

Perhaps leverage is the wrong word. There's less at stake for teams looking to bid on him (no risk the Habs just re-sign him). The Habs don't have to move him because he's not coming back, either way.

I guess I meant to say this isn't your typical high-value UFA where the team isn't sure they might sign him so they're shopping his rights around to sniff out what the market is like.

Did...that make any sense? I don't even know anymore. I need coffee.
Ryder is as much a high value UFA as Gonchar Streit or Wisniewski. Trading for his rights gives you a window to talk to him before anybody else, not just making him a monetary offer but selling him on the merits of signing with your team and maybe bringing him in for a visit and everything.

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