Michael Ryder Acquired by Boston Bruins on July 1?

Shawn OwensAnalyst IJune 29, 2008

Wouldn't that be something.  July 1 rolls around with all the hype of Hossa, Sundin, and other top free agents, and the Bruins go out and get Michael Ryder?

At first you might think the Bruins brass are way off base here.  But are they?  Ryder, 28 years old, had a terrible season last year with Montreal (only 14 goals) just a year removed from back-to-back 30-goal seasons.  He was a healthy postseason scratch and would fill in quite nicely as a roll player with the B's. 

There is also the connection that Coach Julien had Ryder on his team when Julien was running the ranks of the minors in Montreal.  Maybe Julien is exactly what Ryder needs to get back to the 30-plus goal scoring abilities he has in him.  As I sit and think about it, this would be a nice fit for the B's and would give the team a bit more depth in scoring.

Shifting gears, would the B's go out and swap Glen Murray for Mathieu Schneider?  They would be able to drop some salary and would bring in a good passing swift skater (for his age: 39) in Schneider.  Although he is older he would be a good one-year fix for a solid blue liner. 

I am not a huge fan of bringing in the older boys since the Bruins have been going young, but this may be what the B's need to get that first pass out of the zone.

Now it is up to Chiarelli and his team to make some decisions. Two days left!