Ryder's a big part of our depth at forward, and he's different enough from the batch of europeans that his status is pretty unique. One of the main reasons for that special status is the fact that he's shown he can do it in the NHL. He's also the kind of player who's unlikely to be flash in the pan. He goes to the net, he's always shooting the puck, he takes the body without taking penalties, and he backchecks.
He was a huge player for us last year and I'd offer him a two year deal at 1.5 and 1.7 without much hesitation.
Im not questionning Ryder's efficiency, just saying we have great depth in our depth chart especially on the right wing with Perezhogin, Kostitsyn and Zednik, what could play against Ryder... You have to notice that Ryder only had 1 good season in the NHL and has been so so in the playoffs...
Edit: 1 million for the next season to prove himself would be fair to me.
Last edited by NewHabsEra*: 08-11-2004 at 10:51 PM.
I have no doubt that he'll score 25, and I think he'll be closer to 30 next year. But you shoudn't pay him based on what you think he'll do; you should pay him based on what he's done.
$1.5 mil sounds about right to me. If he thinks he's worth more, let him base his contract on incentives. He's basically getting paid to score goals, so if he scores 30, let him make $2 mil, or whatever he thinks he's worth if he does.
I dislike performance bonus... Just look at how Zednik's play looked like after Savard signed him with incentives.. He was playing to score goals, winning came second!
Last edited by NewHabsEra*: 08-11-2004 at 10:48 PM.
I'd like to see Ryder signed for 2 years, at around 2.5 mil (1.25 X 2)
He does need to prove that he is the player from last year, and also it gives him a big boost in salary that he deserves from his great play from last year. But I'd also like to see 2 years for the commitment the team gave him in his development... He did take 5 Full seasons to develop...