Originally written on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 6/28/13
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 Past Contracts  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. Stats
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