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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Bruins sign Michael Ryder on first day of free agency season

Like all of Bruins Nation, I was hoping the Bruins would sign Marian Hossa or Brian Campbell. Hossa has yet to sign, but trying to sign him seemed futile after rumors said that teams were offering him over 8 million a year long term. Meanwhile, Campbell signed with Chicago for 7.1 million a year for 7 years. So late Tuesday night, Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins have signed right wing Michael Ryder. Rumor has it that the deal is for 4 million a year for the next 3 years. If that number is true, the Bruins will have just enough to resign Wideman and they will not need to buyout Murray.

The 28 year old Michael Ryder has played his entire NHL career for the Montreal Canadiens. So for the last couple years I have strongly disliked him. Despite my hatred, Ryder has been able to ascertain some pretty good numbers. With the exception of last season (14 goals, 31 points), Ryder has always been a scoring threat. Ryder had 30 goals in 06-07, 30 goals in 05-06, and 25 goals in 03-04.

So Nation, join me in welcoming Michael Ryder. I hope all of you will join me in forgiving Ryder for his four seasons with the Habs. Ryder is a Bruin now, and I'm a fan of his.

Some other news involving former Bruins players includes Glen Metropolit signing a 2 year deal with the Flyers, Alex Auld signing with the Senators, Andrew Raycroft signing with the Avalanche, and Brad Stuart resigning with the Detroit Red Wings.


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