|Assets:||Displays excellent anticipation, sound positioning and the ability to get into open areas to score goals. Owns a lethal shot from the slot area with good hands and a goal-scorer's mentality.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't always make good use of his linemates. Is woefully inconsistent in all areas of the game. He's just an average skater and isn't a very physical winger.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but quality goal-scoring winger.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2010-11 (Boston)|
|NHL||Played in the NHL YoungStars Game||2003-04|
|7/05/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Jersey Devils to a two-year contract.|
|4/18/2013||Missed 1 game (upper body injury).|
|4/17/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|3/19/2013||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|3/16/2013||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/26/2013||Acquired from the Dallas Stars.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dallas Stars to a two-year contract.|
|2/24/2009||Missed 7 games (facial injury).|
|2/07/2009||Facial injury, day-to-day.|
|1/29/2009||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|7/01/2008||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins to a three-year contract.|
|4/10/2008||Missed 2 games (leg injury).|
|4/03/2008||Leg injury, day-to-day.|
|7/29/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|6/26/2007||Montreal Canadiens extended qualifying offer.|
|7/23/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|4/22/2006||Missed the last game of the regular season (virus).|
|9/12/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-yea contract.|
|9/19/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the Leksands IF (Sweden.2).|
|11/08/2003||Knee injury, left Saturday's game (Didn't miss any games).|
|7/22/2003||Re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a one-year contract.|
|9/21/2002||Assigned to Hamilton (AHL).|
|9/15/2001||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|9/23/2000||Assigned to Quebec (AHL).|
|7/05/2013||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New Jersey Devils.|
|2/26/2013||Montreal Canadiens traded Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick in 2013.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dallas Stars.|
|7/01/2008||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Boston Bruins.|
|6/27/1998||Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 8th round (216th overall) in 1998.|
Michael Ryder scores for Devils in OT win | 12/08/2013 12:07 AM
NewsMichael Ryder scored for the Devils in their 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers on Saturday night.
ImpactRyder now has three goals over his last four games after going 11 without one. The Devils sorely need goal scoring, so Ryder needs to continue to fill the back of the net with regularity. Eric Gelinas potted the game-winner for the Devils at 1:15 of overtime on the power play. Travis Zajac and Cam Janssen scored the other goals. Tom Sestito had two assists.
Michael Ryder scores for 2nd straight game | 12/04/2013 11:53 PM
NewsMichael Ryder netted a goal and an assist for New Jersey Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as the Devils lost a 4-3 shootout decision.
ImpactThere's nothing like back-to-back games against your former team to help you get out of a slump. With three points in two contests against the Habs this week, Ryder ended an 11-game goalless drought rather nicely. Patrik Elias and Andrei Loktionov also found the back of the net for New Jersey in the defeat.
Michael Ryder snaps slump with marker | 12/02/2013 10:24 PM
NewsMichael Ryder scored for the first time in 12 games with a marker in Monday's 3-2 loss to Montreal.
ImpactRyder typically shows up against his former club and tonight was no different, as he potted his sixth of the season. Steve Bernier scored the only other goal for New Jersey in the losing effort.
Michael Ryder has gone cold | 11/29/2013 9:32 AM
NewsMichael Ryder has no goals and one assist in his last nine games.
The Bergen Record
ImpactThe New Jersey Devils haven't exactly been getting their money's worth after inking him to a two-year/$7 million deal. He has five goals and eight points in 25 games this season. "You know I want to help out offensively," said Ryder. "We have our struggles here sometimes to score some goals, and they count on me to help that. So, when we're having a hard time finding the back of the net it's definitely frustrating." He should break out of this slump sooner or later, but it now seems doubtful that he'll enjoy another 60-plus point campaign.
Michael Ryder scores in Devils loss | 11/08/2013 10:31 PM
NewsMichael Ryder scored his fifth goal of the season in the Devils' 2-1 shootout loss to Toronto Friday night.
ImpactRyder now has points in two straight as he tries to get back on track after a slow start to the year. Through 16 games, the veteran has seven points.
Ryder scores but Devils struggle | 10/22/2013 9:52 PM
NewsMichael Ryder scored his fourth goal of the season, New Jersey's only tally, in a 4-1 loss to Columbus Tuesday night.
ImpactRyder scored his second goal in as many games. On a struggling Devils offence, Ryder leads the team in goals and is tied for fourth in points.
Devils GM pleased with team's additions | 07/06/2013 10:18 AM
NewsDevils general manager Lou Lamoriello is extremely pleased with what his team added on Day 1 of free agency.
ImpactThe Devils added "top six forward, a right wing scorer" in Michael Ryder, some toughness with Ryane Clowe and bottom-line depth in Rostislav Olesz. "I think we [filled] a lot of them," Lamoriello said. "We'll just now wait and see if we can get better in some way, but we feel pretty good about this lineup right now." Lamoriello sounds as if he's done with free-agent signings, unless a deal is made. "It's all moving parts," he said. "Right now, this was a good day for the Devils."
Michael Ryder signs two-year deal with Devils | 07/05/2013 6:44 PM
NewsMichael Ryder has signed a two-year/$7 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.
Rich Chere on Twitter
ImpactRyder had 16 goals and 35 points in 46 games last season. This signing, along with the addition of Ryane Clowe, will effectively replace the offense lost by the departure of David Clarkson. He's reached or surpassed the 30-goal mark three times in his career and he's definitely a candidate to do so again in New Jersey.
Report: Michael Ryder will test free agency | 05/30/2013 10:50 AM
NewsAccording to his agent, Thane Campbell, Michael Ryder will not get a contract offer from the Montreal Canadiens and he will be permitted to test unrestricted free agency.
ImpactCampbell told the Journal de Montreal that Ryder is not part of Montreal GM Marc Bergevin's future plans. Ryder generated 10 goals and 21 points in 27 games with the Canadiens after he was acquired in a trade with Dallas that sent Erik Cole to the Stars. He also had one goal and one assist in five playoff contests.
Michael Ryder highlights UFAs on Habs | 05/10/2013 10:11 AM
NewsMichael Ryder is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
ImpactBottom-six forwards Colby Armstrong and Jeff Halpern can also become UFAs if the Canadiens don't offer them extensions. Ryder is the most valuable from an offensive point of view and he played much more regularly than his potential free agent teammates, so Montreal may want to get him back in the fold. He registered 10 goals and 11 assists in 27 games with the Canadiens after being acquired from Dallas and he had two points in five contests during the team's first-round playoff exit.
Habs will get Michael Ryder back Thursday | 04/18/2013 6:13 PM
NewsMichael Ryder will return Thursday night after missing one game with an upper-body injury.
Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
ImpactRyder has tallied 10 goals and 10 assists in 22 games with the Canadiens since being acquired from Dallas. Get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Michael Ryder won't play Weds. due to UBI | 04/17/2013 12:11 PM
NewsMichael Ryder won't play Wednesday because of an upper-body injury.
ImpactHe didn't practice Tuesday but it was thought that he would be able to suit up against Pittsburgh. Ryder is considered day-to-day, so the Canadiens might be erring on the side of caution with him. He logged just 12:32 of ice time during Monday's loss to Philadelphia, but it's unclear when an injury may have occurred.
Ryder looking for multi-year deal | 04/13/2013 10:42 AM
NewsMichael Ryder wants to stay in Montreal but also wants a multi-year deal.
ImpactRyder, an unrestricted free agent as of July 1st, has been a bargain at $3.5 million with 34 points in 39 games. However, the winger will certianly want a long-term contract, and the Habs may not be able to afford him. This will be interesting to watch this off-season.
Michael Ryder pots 16th goal in 2-1 win | 04/06/2013 10:52 PM
NewsMichael Ryder notched a goal as Montreal defeated Boston 2-1 on Saturday night.
ImpactRyder now has 16 goals and 32 points on the year as he continues to be a very reliable forward option in fantasy leagues. Alex Galchenyuk potted the other marker. P.K. Subban had two helpers, with Brandon Prust and Tomas Plekananec getting one apiece.
Michael Ryder credits linemates for success | 04/05/2013 9:53 AM
NewsMichael Ryder says linemates Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec are the rest for his success in Montreal.
Impact"I'm playing with some pretty good guys in Gio (Brian Gionta) and Pleky (Tomas Plekanec) and I just try to get the right places where I can get chances," Ryder said. Ryder has nine goals and 17 points in 17 games since being reacquired by the Habs in a midseason trade. Hopefully you picked him up when he was available because there's no way he should be on any league's waiver wire right now.
Michael Ryder picks up three points in win | 04/04/2013 10:26 PM
NewsMichael Ryder scored a pair of goals and added an assist for the Canadiens in a 4-1 win over Winnipeg Thursday.
ImpactThe acquisition of Ryder looks like a master stroke by GM Marc Bergevin, especially when you consider he was able to rid himself of Erik Cole's contract in the process. Ryder has picked up 17 points in as many games as a member of the Habs this season after registering 14 in 19 contests with the Stars. Alex Galchenyuk and Brian Gionta also found the back of the net in the Montreal win.
Michael Ryder gets goal in 3-0 win | 03/30/2013 9:49 PM
NewsMichael Ryder potted a goal in the Canadiens' 3-0 win over the Rangers on Saturday night.
ImpactRyder, who scored 47 seconds into the game, now has 13 goals, five of which have come over the last five games. He scores them in bunches and continues to be a solid source of scoring for fantasy leaguers. Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher had the other markers. P.K. Subban set up all three goals, which give him 27 points on the year.
Michael Ryder gets two goals in SO win | 03/27/2013 10:48 PM
NewsMichael Ryder potted two goals as the Canadiens downed the Bruins on Wednesday night 6-5 in the shootout.
ImpactRyder now has 12 goals and 15 assists on the season. Andrei Markov had the tying goal with nine seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Other goal scorers included Brendan Gallagher, who also got the shootout winner, and P.K. Subban. Tomas Plekanec chipped in with three assists and Brian Gionta had two.
Michael Ryder reaches the 10-goal mark | 03/23/2013 9:59 PM
NewsMichael Ryder scored a power-play goal in a 2-1 loss.
ImpactRyder now has 10 goals and 25 points in 30 games this season. Andrei Markov assisted on Montreal's lone goal.
Michael Ryder will return Tuesday vs. Buffalo | 03/19/2013 7:41 AM
NewsMichael Ryder is projected to return to the lineup Tuesday from his undisclosed injury.
ImpactHe missed one game with what was reported to be lower-body ailment, but was back at practice Monday alongside Brian Gionta and Tomas Plekanec. The team confirmed his return to the fold after the session. Feel free to get him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Michael Ryder picks up 3 points in win | 03/10/2013 9:29 PM
NewsMichael Ryder scored a pair of goals and added an assist for the Canadiens in a 5-2 win over Florida on Sunday.
ImpactRyder has been lightning it up for the Habs in ways Erik Cole was unable to before his departure. The goals were the first two for Ryder in his most recent stint, but he also has seven assists for nine points in seven contests. David Desharnais, Brian Gionta and Francis Bouillon also scored goals for the Canadiens in the win.
Michael Ryder collects 3 helpers Tuesday | 03/05/2013 10:01 PM
NewsMichael Ryder contributed an assist on all three Montreal goals in a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders Tuesday night.
ImpactHe has four helpers in his past two games after going scoreless in his first two games as a member of the Canadiens. All three of Montreal's goals were scored on the power play and they came from Tomas Plekanec, P.K. Subban and Brian Gionta.
Ryder gets 1st point since trade to Montreal | 03/04/2013 12:05 PM
NewsMichael Ryder picked up an assist for his first point Sunday since rejoining the Canadiens.
ImpactHe helped set up Tomas Plekanec's power-play marker in the first period. Ryder has played in three games with Montreal since being acquired from Dallas.
Ryder to get extended trial with linemates | 03/02/2013 11:30 AM
NewsExpect Montreal coach Michel Therien to give Michael Ryder and extended period to get adjusted to new linemates Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk.
ImpactTherien believes the unit will blossom. "I've got a good feeling about putting those guys together ... Lars has got to make sure he's moving the puck quicker because a guy like Michael Ryder, he's a shooter, he needs the puck in those plays that he's going to be able to (have) success," Therrien said. "It takes time to build that chemistry, but I'm convinced that they will find it."
Michael Ryder excited to be back in Montreal | 03/01/2013 10:57 AM
NewsMichael Ryder is excited to be back with the Canadiens.
ImpactHe was traded from the Stars for Erik Cole on Tuesday night. "I didn't expect what happened to happen," Ryder said. "This is my first time being traded, so it's new to me, but I'm excited to be back. This is where I was drafted and started in the NHL." Ryder had two 30-goal seasons in four years with Montreal earlier in his career.
Michael Ryder has uneventful Montreal return | 02/28/2013 11:10 AM
NewsMichael Ryder didn't have a shot and finished his Montreal return with a minus-1 rating in Wednesday's win over Toronto.
ImpactHe logged 14:34 of ice time alongside Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk in the contest. "For a guy who didn't get any sleep last night, he played a great game," said coach Michel Therren.
Michael Ryder will wear No. 73 with Habs | 02/27/2013 3:23 PM
NewsMichael Ryder will be back in Montreal uniform Wednesday night against Toronto, wearing No. 73.
ImpactBrendan Gallagher, who had the sweater number originally, will switch to No. 11. "I feel sorry for the three people who bought Gallagher 73 jerseys," joked the Canadiens rookie. Coach Michel Therrien wouldn't say who Ryder would be playing with, but it's probably not a stretch to believe that he'll end up somewhere in the team's top-six group.
Montreal may re-sign Michael Ryder | 02/27/2013 11:52 AM
NewsMichael Ryder is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but Montreal GM Marc Bergevin suggested that the team would like to re-sign him after the season is over.
ImpactThe Canadiens reacquired Ryder, along with a third-round pick, from Dallas on Tuesday night in exchange for Erik Cole. He may not be available for Wednesday night's game in Toronto, but was working hard to join the team after the move was announced.
Stars trade Ryder to Canadiens for Cole | 02/26/2013 7:22 PM
NewsThe Dallas Stars traded Michael Ryder to the Montreal Canadiens for Erik Cole.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactCole has struggled in Montreal this season, with just three goals and six points in 19 games after last season's 61-point campaign. Ryder, meanwhile, has been a solid weapon for the Stars with six goals and 14 points in 19 games. Ryder returns to the city where he played his first four NHL seasons, while Cole will play for his fourth team since 2009.
Michael Ryder gets three assists in loss | 02/26/2013 1:10 AM
NewsMichael Ryder registered three assists in the Stars' 5-4 loss to the Predators Monday night.
ImpactRyder is having another solid season with his new team. The Newfoundland native has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his career, however, the sniper has found it tough to find the net with consistency. Ryder is known for being a hot-and-cold player, so this might be a good time to snatch him up while he's on fire. He's worth a look in 14-team leagues.
Michael Ryder extends point streak to 4 games | 02/22/2013 10:51 AM
NewsMichael Ryder is on a four-game point streak.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram
ImpactRyder netted his fifth goal of the season on Thursday to give him 10 points in 17 games. He scored a career-high 35 goals in 2011-12, but his playing time has ticked down in 2013, likely due in part to the off-season additions of Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy. Barring an injury, Ryder should end up with 25-30 points this season.
| 02/22/2013 3:08 AM
NewsMichael Ryder returned to action on Thursday February 21.
Michael Ryder misses practice with illness | 02/19/2013 6:14 PM
NewsMichael Ryder was sick Tuesday and did not practice.
Stars Inside Edge
ImpactThe Stars don't play again until Thursday, so we're expecting Ryder will be good to go by then. Still, we're sidelining him and considering him day-to-day just in case. Derek Roy also missed practice for maintenance reasons.
Michael Ryder scores fourth in win | 02/02/2013 12:35 AM
NewsMichael Ryder potted a goal in the Stars' 4-3 shootout win over the Coyotes on Friday night.
ImpactIt was Ryder's fourth of the season. Brenden Dillon and Antoine Roussel had the other markers as Cody Eakin, Ray Whitney and Ryan Garbutt chipped in with the helpers.
Michael Ryder lights lamp in loss | 01/26/2013 11:51 PM
NewsMichael Ryder scored in Dallas' 4-3 loss versus the Blues on Saturday night.
ImpactRyder has been the beneficiary of some good luck as he has goals (three) on 25 percent of his shots. Still, he three 30-plus goal seasons under his belt so it's not very surprising to see him score with regularity. Space will only open up after Jamie Benn returns, too. Ryan Garbutt and Tomas Vincour had the other markers in the loss.
Michael Ryder scores twice in win | 01/23/2013 12:03 AM
NewsMichael Ryder potted his first two goals of the campaign Tuesday as the Stars edged Detroit by a score of 2-1.
ImpactLost amidst the bevy of talented forwards on the Dallas roster, Ryder very quietly set a personal-best with 35 goals last season. He has been lining up alongside playmaker Ray Whitney so there's no reason to think he'll suffer a major drop in production.
|Goals||1||8 times-last:at NYR||last:Dec 7||2|
|Assists||1||5 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Dec 4||3|
|Points||2||vs. Mtl||Dec 4||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||6 times-last:vs. Det||last:Dec 6||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||vs. Mtl||Dec 4||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||3 times-last:at Tor||last:Nov 8||2|
|Power Play Points||1||4 times-last:at Tor||last:Nov 8||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||31 times-last:at NYR||last:Dec 7||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||31 times-last:at NYR||last:Dec 7||0|
|Shots||5||2 times-last:vs. Mtl||last:Dec 4||6|
|Games||82||3 times-last: 2011-12 (Dal)|
|Penalty Minutes||60||2006-07 (Mtl)|
|Power Play Goals||18||2005-06 (Mtl)|
|Shorthanded Goals||2||2006-07 (Mtl)|
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