Ryder not part of Canadiens’ offseason plans

It doesn’t look like Michael Ryder’s second stint with the Montreal Canadiens will last longer than this past season.

Ryder’s agent Thane Campbell told Le Journal de Montreal this week that the 33-year-old forward is not part of Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s offseason plans.

Ryder, who was orginally drafted by the Canadiens in 1998, is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

He scored 16 goals and 35 points in 43 games with the Canadiens and Dallas Stars this season.


13 Responses to Ryder not part of Canadiens’ offseason plans

  1. leafy says:

    Dallas has been granted permission to speak to Dallas Eakins and the coaching gig.

    Dallas Eakins coaching Dallas. Like Seinfeld says, that’s like an ice cream man named cone.

  2. leafy says:

    Even with Boston and Chicago up 1-0 in their series, I’m calling for a Pittsburgh-Los Angeles Stanley Cup final, with L.A. repeating.

    • blaze says:

      LA sure is looking a step behind Chicago. Interesting to see what kind of LA team we will see on home ice.

      • leafy says:

        I’m surprised the Hawks are up 2-0. Advantage Chicago for sure, but I’m not counting out L.A. just yet. That’s still a great team over there.

        I’m fully expecting a Pittsburgh win tonight, but the wild card is goaltending.

  3. LN91 says:

    Interesting point Mike Augello brought up.

    A buyout will probably go to Komisarek, Liles, or Grabovski…

    But this is where Nonis, unlike some teams, could use Toronto’s salary cap situation and vast wealth to his benefits.

    Most probable example, Rick DiPietro of NYI. No doubt Snow/Wang will do about anything to rid of that horrible contract and be able to spend…I think the large improvement of the Isles changes everything. They are a great young team, and the great prospect depth they have in every major position makes them a good team.


    Let’s say Nonis calls Snow and says. You take DiPietro’s contract and Strome or Griffin…And I will take Liles (defensive depth) and a mid-pick or prospect.

    That’s a deal Toronto should do and is in the position to do.


    • Gambo says:

      Completely agree. It’s how we got Franson and he’s turned out pretty good.

    • mapleleafsfan says:

      Definitely agreed.

      One question though. How long do we have the amnesty buyouts for? Indefinitely until we use them?

      If that is the case I don’t see the point in buying anyone out. Komisarek would be a waste – No one too big on FA we need the cap space for, and he only has a year left. Same deal with Liles, it’s a waste to use it on a 3M salary. I’d wait to see if Grabo can return to form too. He will always be overpaid – but if he returns to 50-60 points it’s not a huge issue. Why not use both our amnesties on situations just like the Dipietro ones and retain assets in the mean time? Cash strapped teams will surely pay up nicely to get rid of brutal contracts.

      • Gambo says:

        I think they last for 2 years.

        • realistic_leafs_fan says:

          We have one buy-out in 2013 and one in 2014 as I understand them.

          Funny you guys are talking about getting depietro and then buying him out as I was thinking the same thing…although as rich as the Leafs are, I’m not sure any organization is going to buy-out those huge contracts.

          say Toronto would …I was thinking something bigger though, trade wise…if Streit doesn’t look like he will re-sign with the Isles.

          To islanders
          Grabo, Gunnar, Percy
          To Toronto
          Depietro, Bailey, Okposo, rights to Streit

          Buyout Depietro
          Give Streit his 3 years at $4.7-$5 per season.

          Now go after the first overall to get MacKinnon

          To Colorado
          Phaneuf, Bailey, 2013 1st, 2014 1st
          To Toronto
          Stastny, 2013 1st oveall

          We take Stastny and his contract off their hands and give them another quality young centre. They get Phaneuf, the all-star D-man they need. If his value is as some say, him and two firsts should be more than enough.

          We get a number 1 centre that is good on the draws (Stastny)and allows a year of development for MacKinnon who we draft with the first pick. Toronto has it’s first chance since Sundin at a “true” number 1 centre and franchise player.

          The D would be weak so we would also need to sign one of Scuderi, Regher, Murray (examples) for a shut-down role. Would also allow time for D like Reilly, Finn etc to still develop.

          JVR Kadri Kessel
          Lupul Stastny Okposo
          Kulimen Colborne Frattin
          Komarov(McLaren) McClement Orr
          Hamilton (MacKinnon left to develop if not ready to step in right away)

          Streit Scuderi
          Gardiner Franson
          Liles Fraser
          Reilly, Holzer, O’Byrne?

          It’s not perfect for next season, but we would have the potential all-star centre in MacKinnon.

    • blaze says:

      The suits will never approve it. Period.

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