The Boston Bruins agreed to terms with Michael Ryder late Tuesday night, signing the right winger away from their archrival the Montreal Canadiens. The contract is for three-years and $12 million.
On a night when all eyes in Boston were focused on free agent Marian Hossa, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli obviously decided the investment was too great and instead settled for the offensive-minded Ryder.
Penciled in on one of the Bruins top two lines, Ryder will look to improve on his 14 goal, 17 assist 2007-08 season.
To justify his $4M per year price tag, Ryder will have to return to his 30 goal scoring ways of 2005-06 and 2006-07. If he is centered by the Bruins playmaking wizard Marc Savard, 30 goals could be a conservative estimate.