HEFTER: Ryder to ride off into the sunset
Michael Ryder fans in this town won't be happy with this latest bit of news.
Ryder's agent has informed JF Chaumont of the Journal de Montreal that his client is not part of Marc Bergevin's plans.
No surprise, if you ask me.
After shaking out the cob webs upon his arrival from Dallas, Ryder went on a tear with the Habs after Bergevin acquired him in late February in the deal that sent Erik Cole to the Stars. However, the well ran dry for Ryder when the Canadiens needed him the most: down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Ryder, who is looking at unrestricted free agency this summer, came to town for his second stint as a Hab, as a rental player. So there would be no long-term pain associated with the transaction that sent the underachieving Cole and his fat contract to Dallas. Any way you slice it, Bergevin comes out a winner in this deal. He was able to shed Cole and his unwieldy contract for a player he wasn't locked into, long-term, in Ryder.
At the same time, is anybody really surprised at Ryder's performance as a Hab, this time 'round? He's a guy who can still get you 30 goals in a season. But he's also a guy who has been streaky, with a capital "S", throughout his career. As a Hab this season, he had a hot streak, and a cold streak.
Same old, same old, for Michael Ryder. You want to pull your hair out watching him play. Just look at my hairline. Still, Bergevin must now go out and find the potential for those 30 goals elsewhere. The same way the Canadiens needed to replace Andrei Kostitsyn's 30 goals.
I'm not saying I would have gone out and signed either player. I'm just doing the goal-scoring math.