NHL: Montreal Canadiens Won't Retain Michael Ryder

Michael Ryder's second stint with the Montreal Canadiens will be short-lived as he will reportedly not be retained by the team.

May 31 2013, 3:26am CDT | by

NHL: Montreal Canadiens Won't Retain Michael Ryder
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Michael Ryder will not be retained by the Montreal Canadiens

According to Tornonto's The Globe and Mail via the Le Journal de Montreal, Ryder's agent Thane Campbell said the 33-year-old forward does not factor into Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin's offseason plans. 

The hockey lifestyle magazine The Fourth Period quoted Campbell as saying:

"I do not see Michael back in Montreal next year.

"Michael did not have a good end of the season. He has not played up to his talent and did not meet expectations for the last 10 games of the year and the playoffs."

Brian Stubits of CBS Sports says Bergevin is still trying to clear the way for Montreal to meet the diminished salary cap next season. Although Ryder doesn't take up too much cap space, there isn't enough room for him, as per Stubits. He goes on to say that Ryder has a contract that "carried a $3.5 million salary cap hit, not bad for a player who had 10 goals and 11 assists in 27 games with Montreal this season."

Bergevin actually acquired Ryder and a third-round draft pick in a trade with the Dallas Stars this past season for Erik Cole. Ryder eventually finished with an average playing time of 15:49, including an average of of 2:55 on the power play.

SB Nation's Matt Brigidi agrees with Stubits when he says "This report doesn't come as much of a shock. At the time of the trade, many speculated that Bergevin was motivated to make the move in order to open up cap space at the end of the season."

On his part, Stubits foresees Ryder testing the market and will eventually command a higher salary given his capability as a scorer despite the fact that he is a bit up in age. 



Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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