Fang Faction's UFA Preview series starts with Michael Ryder of the Montreal Canadiens. Once July 5 rolls around, if Ryder is not re-signed by the Canadiens, he is open to conversing and signing with any team in the league.
Michael Ryder | RW
6'0" | 198
3/31/80, Age: 33
Signed in 2008: 3-year, $12 million; $4 million cap hit
Signed in 2011: 2-year, $7 million; $3.5 million cap hit
Projected Earnings Next Season: $4 - $4.5 million
Right winger Michael Ryder to the Nashville Predators would be as compatible as chocolate and peanut butter. Ryder did have a solid season last year with the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, scoring sixteen goals in 46 games. That doesn't seem like a lot, but he would have been the Predators' leading goal scorer last season.
Ryder is a veteran who can provide direction for the young players on the Nashville roster. As a proven Stanley Cup Champion in 2011 with the Boston Bruins, he knows what it takes to win in the playoffs. General Manager David Poile is looking for a top six forward and Ryder is the best option out there for a reasonable price.