It’s fair to say that Michael Ryder has turned the page on his experience winning the Cup with the Boston Bruins two years ago. When asked if he had thought much about potentially coming to Boston via trade with Dallas instead of the Montreal Canadiens as happened earlier this week, the Newfoundland native seemed to think the Bruins didn’t have interest in him because they never really tried to re-sign him as a free agent.
“I think if they wanted to keep me they would have tried to re-sign me [after winning the Cup in 2011],” said Ryder. “Sometimes it happens, it’s part of the game and you have to move on. I liked it in Dallas.
“Sometimes you just have that feeling where you’re not coming back [to a team]. I had that same feeling when I left Montreal, but things usually work out the way that they’re supposed to.”
Interesting that Ryder had that feeling about the Canadiens, but still returned to that organization for a second go-round this week – so you can never really say never to those things.
Of course sources have indicated to CSNNE.com that the Bruins did indeed have discussions with Dallas about potentially trading for Ryder for this year’s playoff run in Boston. But a match was never found for the winger, who would have filled in on the third line with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly just as he did two years ago on the way to the Cup.
Instead the Canadiens traded power forward Erik Cole to the Stars with two years left on his contract, and Ryder will finish out the year with the Habs before once again becoming a free agent. There should be a fair amount of interest for a player in Ryder that snapped in 35 goals for the Stars last season.
The Bruins certainly remember Ryder’s time in Boston fondly, and even admitted it will be a little weird having him on the enemies’ side of the Bruins/Habs rivalry.
“It’s his first time back here [at TD Garden] so when you win with somebody you have a lot of good memories. I have a lot of respect for [Ryder]. He’s a really good player,” said Gregory Campbell. “He’s a guy that does a lot more than you think. He’s obviously a goal-scorer, but he’s also quick to the puck and physical around the net. He’s a guy that helps you win.
“He’s on a team now that we’re going to be fighting with for the division all year, so it’s tough to wish him well. It will certainly be interesting.”
It will also lead to new searches for the Bruins when it comes to a winger with some size and offensively ability that they can add to their roster mix. It’s the exact group of attributes that the Bruins picked up with Ryder along with his proven track record in big games and playoff stages.