Michael Ryder is not a fantastic hockey player, but the guy just knows how to score goals. You can't teach something like that, some players just have a knack for putting the puck in the net and he's one of them.
I wouldn't sign him long term but 2 maybe 3 years. He fills a need as a pure goal scorer and he has rounded out his game to be at least serviceable in defensive situations.
I really don't understand how anyone could not want the guy? He is clutch and has do e nothing but help the Habs since being here. Probably a top 3 free agent this off season.
Even if he does regress to Ryder 1.0 as you call it, that is still a Ryder food for 20-30 goals.
Mea culpa, mea maximum culpa.
Ryder is much better defensively than I thought he would be. I think he is someone that respects Michel Therrien and he has bought into the Habs' hustling style. I saw a difference after about 4 games.
Could he regress? Anyone can, look at Gaborik, LOL.
But I would be willing to offer $4M times two years, easily.
Agreed, do it. We have the cap space, guys, and I honestly don't know what else is out there this Summer that's going to be significantly more attractive.
* Gabriel Dumont signed as restricted free agent for $577,500.
* Ryan White signed as restricted free agent for $721,875.
* Michael Ryder signed as free agent for $4,250,000.
* Peter Budaj signed as free agent for $1,350,000.
* Jeff Halpern signed as free agent for $700,000.
* Jarred Tinordi recalled.
* Tomas Kaberle bought out.
CAPGEEK.COM USER GENERATED ROSTER
Lars Eller ($1.325m) / Tomas Plekanec ($5.000m) / Brian Gionta ($5.000m)
Rene Bourque ($3.333m) / David Desharnais ($3.500m) / Michael Ryder ($4.250m)
Max Pacioretty ($4.500m) / Alex Galchenyuk ($3.225m) / Brendan Gallagher ($0.870m)
Brandon Prust ($2.500m) / Jeff Halpern ($0.700m) / Travis Moen ($1.850m)
Ryan White ($0.722m) / Gabriel Dumont ($0.578m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled with the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $63,535,208; BONUSES: $2,697,500
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $3,462,292
I'd love to see him back with the habs with a 2 year deal worth 4-4.5 mil $ per year....but let's face it with the year he is having it's obvious a team will be willing to offer more years and more money than us, so unless he takes a "discount" to stay in MTL I don't have much hope of us keeping him
What's surprising with him is that I did not remember how big he was physically. He's not easy to counter and take the puck from him because of that. I admit it's not something I noticed when he was with us back in the day but years of watching small players with the Habs trying to fight like mad to do the simplest play, it's refreshing to see someone with actual size doing things easy.