Michael Ryder will be UFA this summer. I'm really loving what he brings to this team. Of course, he'll never be defensively oriented and I'll never be a hitting machine, but I think every team needs that kind of offensively gifted player who's main strenght is to put the goal in the net.
Since his first stint with the Habs, I think he really matured. He also improved his passing and I don't think he's a defensive liability anymore. I also love how clutch he is and how he often scores important goals. If we want to keep 3 offensive lines next season, then I think we won't find much better on the market. At 33 years old, I also think he could be good for another 3 years at least, so I would make him this offer :
3 years, $12 millions
1st year : $4,5 millions
2nd year : $4 millions
3rd year : $3,5 millions
Cap hit : $4 millions
Not sure he would accept, since he might get more on the free market, but I think it's worth a try.
What would you do?
Last edited by DDs not undersized: 05-05-2013 at 12:03 PM.
Another thing we have to consider is : Ryder might want to play on the right wing, and he might make it a condition for re-signing. That would mean moving Gionta to the 3rd line, on the left wing or trade him. I think that's a situation that can be handled. Ryder brings more to the team and is much more durable than Gionta.
Always have to answer the followiong question.....are we going to be better whether we sign him or not. If you feel there are some youth that can do the job and maybe better, you don't sign him. If you feel you have a trade in place that makes him expendable...if you feel there's a UFA that could do the job etc....
But if not.....while he's not perfect, he might be the best we can do. As a team we need to improve.
Negotiate for sure, have to see what he wants. Any Habs' offer should be pegged to his playoff performance IMHO. Personally I love having a Newfoundlander on the club, the Habs should represent all Canadians east of Yonge Street.
The last 2 options are basically the same. If you offer a guy that's put up 51 goals and 97 points the last 2 years(128 games) a 1 or 2 year deal for UNDER 3.5 mil/year, don't even bother making the offer you're insulting the guy.
I think on the UFA market he'll get 4.5-5 mil/year depending on how long a contract he wants. I think the best case scenario if the Habs want him back is 3 years at 12-13 mil as a "hometown discount". I think as a UFA he'll get minimum 4 years and 17-18 mil.