The NHL breaking news tonight is a trade that will send former Bruin's winger Michael Ryder to the Montreal Canadiens. Ryder's name had surfaced recently as a potential Bruins target to help bolster their offensive attack. But those talks are now officially over.
It is being reported that the Canadiens got Ryder from Dallas in exchange for forward Erik Cole. This is a great trade for many reasons, firstly that Ryder is a great player and secondly that it will free up a large amount of cap space for the Canadiens. It certainly stings to see such a great move pulled off by the Habs.
Ryder is returning to his old stomping grounds. He came into the league as a Canadien and played there for four seasons, during which he put up consistent offensive numbers, including two thirty goal seasons. Ryder then played three seasons as a Bruin, and was a key contributor throughout the 2011 season that ended with a Cup.
Ryder helped bring the Cup to Boston in 2011
Rumors have been swirling in the past weeks that Peter Chiarelli has been looking to add another scorer to the Bruins offense. While the team is playing excellent, another true offensive threat could truly take the team to the next level. Ryder was rumored to be one of the players in his crosshairs, and according to the tweet below from Jimmy Murphy, Dallas asked for too much in return for Ryder's services.
Told by NHL source that Bruins inquired about Michael Ryder but price too high. Believe there is still interest in Brendan Morrow from BOS.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) February 26, 2013
I always liked Ryder and it's tough to see him head up north to Montreal. But it should add another interesting element to what is already one of the best rivalries in sports.