I knew he was a goner the second the trade was made with Dallas. Ryder is 33 years old, and is going to want a big contract, he is coming off two great years(stat wise), last chance to get a 4-5 year deal at big bucks.
I'm ok with this. But Bergevin need to well spent the cap space he got to consider the Cole/Ryder trade a good transaction. We definitely have a hole on our top 4 wings now. Will be interesting to see.
I know though Gionta will be out for a while and might be slower next year. We will be missing a top-6 scoring winger.. well, I bet they wouldn't want to sign him for more than 1 year.
Gionta should be ready for camp I think, last that's what I remember David Stubbs saying(HIO), but you are right we do need another winger, Gionta is most likely going to be a 3rd line guy with pp time next year, while last with Mtl I would guess. So looking forward to seing what Bergevin does with the money he cleared up by trading Cole.
He did everything that was expected of him during the season, lost a step and faltered in the playoffs. For his worth, he earned his pay and played well with the Habs. In return, Bergevin frees up some more cap space and in the process, has another draft pick in the top 90 to let Timmins work with.
Best of luck to Ryder. Based on his season performance, he'll earn $3-4 million per season, on likely a 2-3 year contract.