Ryder traded back to Canadiens

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Michael Ryder

MONTREAL — Michael Ryder is a Hab once again.

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Ryder and a third-round draft pick in 2013 from Dallas for forward Erik Cole. Ryder had a career-high 35 goals for the Stars last season, along with 27 assists.

He has six goals and eight assists in 19 games so far this year. Ryder was drafted in the eighth round by Montreal in 1998.

The native of Bonavista had a career-high 63 points for the Habs in 2003-04. In 650 career games, Ryder has 203 goals and 207 assists.

Cole signed a four-year deal with the Canadiens on July 1, 2011, after spending nine seasons with Carolina and one with Edmonton. He had 35 goals and 26 assists for the Canadiens last season, but managed just six points in 19 game so far this year.

Organizations: Montreal Canadiens

Geographic location: MONTREAL, Dallas, Bonavista Edmonton

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  • snowman
    February 27, 2013 - 15:31

    he has got to be very disappointed to be going back to Montreal. the shaft they gave him was ridiculous. he hasn't forgot that im sure even though its a new regime. going to be hard for him to play with heart. i think Montreal will shortly crash as their team is way to small.when it gets down to the crunch those small players wont see the puck. enjoy them while you can.

  • denis
    February 27, 2013 - 14:27

    He's certainly a proven goal scorer. He requires lots of ice time to put up the numbers he had last year. There's also more presssure playing in Montreal. Interesting to see how things work out.

  • too bad
    February 26, 2013 - 21:29

    Not good... The Habs will limit his play as they did in the past. Ryder will not flourish there.

    • Jack
      February 27, 2013 - 09:50

      Disagree with your comment. The Habs need a sniper to play with pacioretty and Desharnais on their first line. It's actually a sweet deal for a guy like Ryder who's in his last year of a contract. Desharnais is a superb playmaker but not a scorer.

  • HJ
    February 26, 2013 - 21:17

    Looks like the Habs got the better of the deal.