Frisco, Tex. – The Dallas Stars
announced today that the club has agreed to terms with right wing Michael Ryder
on a two-year contract worth $7 million.
“Michael Ryder is a veteran player who brings scoring punch to our offense,” Nieuwendyk said. “He’s a Stanley Cup champion and will be a great addition to our leadership group. We’re very excited that he is a Dallas Star.”
Ryder, 31, has played in 549 career NHL games, scoring 162 goals and 172 assists for 334 points. He was a member of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins
last season, skating in 79 games and collecting 41 points (18g, 23a) and 26 penalty minutes. During the playoffs Ryder dressed in 25 games, posting 17 points (8g, 9a) and 8 penalty minutes. He led the Bruins in power play goals last season with eight and ranked tied-for-second in game-winning goals with six.
The Bonavista, New Foundland, native skated in all 82 games in 2009-10 with Boston, tallying 33 points (18g, 15a) and 35 penalty minutes. During the playoffs he played in 13 games for the Bruins, posting five points (4g, 1a) and two penalty minutes. In the 2008-09 campaign, Ryder posted 27 goals and 26 assists for 53 points in 74 games. Among all NHL players he ranked 11th in plus/minus during that season at with a +28 rating. During the playoffs that season Ryder accrued 13 points (5g, 8a) in 11 games for Boston.
The 6-0, 192-pound right wing has never finished a season with less than 30 points and has scored 25-or-more goals in four of his seven NHL seasons. Of his 162 career NHL goals, 71 have been while on the power play and 29 were game-winning goals. Ryder has skated in 70 career playoff games with Montreal and Boston, posting 43 points (20g, 23a), including four game-winning goals and five power play goals. He was originally drafted by Montreal in the eighth round (216th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.