Our loss is your gain. Michael Ryder can and probably will get under your skin for stretches during the regular season but just remember that Ryder will always come up big when it matters the most. Really going to miss this guy in Boston. Without his save, Bruins never pass the first round.
Same here. Ryder is just what he's always wanted, a right shot to go on the wing, and it's someone he is familiar with from past play.
I assumed that because it made sense and I wanted to sign him, we wouldn't do it, but I'm glad I was proven wrong. This is the first free agency I'm actually happy with in a while for the Stars and it's only a few hours in.
If Benn and Ott play on the same line Ott really needs to be the guy taking the faceoffs, he's too damn good at them to let that skill go to waste. And for everything that Benn does amazing, his faceoff ability is simply not there.
I'm still hesitant to pencil in Ott as a sure-fire top-six player on this team. If he's given the reins and enough ice time, we'll see what he can do, but I'd feel better if he was relegated back to the bottom six and we got someone with more of an offensive game in there instead. Ott's just doesn't exactly scream firepower, IMO. Perfect 3rd liner, though.