Habs, Ryder avoid arbitration
MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Sunday the signing of forward Michael Ryder to a one-year contract (2006-07). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With this signing, all Canadiens' players are under contract for the 2006-07 season.
Ryder, 26, completed the 2005-06 season, his second in the NHL, with a career-high 30 goals and 55 points in 81 games, and 40 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 198-pound right-winger led the team in goals (30), power play goals (18), game-winning goals (6) and shots on goal (243). A native of Bonavista, Newfoundland, Ryder was the Canadiens' eighth round pick, 216th overall, at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.