I don't think it changes much to be honest. Nieuwendyk still hasn't done anything yet during his tenure to make us think he is willing to trade good pieces away at the deadline. The only way he trades Ryder is if the team is terrible.
If the Stars are out of the race and Ryder is having another 30 or so goal season, then I can see the B's inquiring about him. Boston made a mistake letting Ryder go as a UFA and they could have used his scoring this past post season. I don't know what they would give up, but I can certianly see them asking what his price would be.
Whitney was a great pick up. If you can get Doan you should have a very strong set of forwards this season.
When I first heard it on the radio, they said it was a 4-year deal. I almost crashed my car.
I love this and the Derek Roy deal. This feels like a Playstation hockey GM deal ... you trade a center rated "80 overall" for some young assets and then immediately sign a UFA rated "78" for basically the same cash. Net result short term is the trade assets (Eakin + 2) for free. This isn't big-money Ryan Suter / Zach Parise stuff, but I think it's really savvy.
I don't get why Whitney can't put up 70 points again. Similar system, better linemates, and it's not like he aged 5 years in one offseason. I'm sure just as many people said last offseason he'll be lucky to put up 60 points.