Devils Add Michael Ryder To Help Cure Scoring Woes

Apr 4, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder (73) on his way to score a goal against Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) during the first period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Newark, N.J. - It was a busy free agent frenzy day for New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello, who dipped into free agency to contribute to the dreadful offense and make up for losses.

Later in the day, Michael Ryder signed a two-year $7 million contract. There were rumors swirling around in the day that it was between the Devils and the Boston Bruins, but the Devils offered more.

The Ryder signing was the Devils best pickup of the day. In 2013 with the Montreal Canadiens, Ryder had 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points (more goals than any Devil in 2013), along with a plus-2 rating.

Feb 27, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Montreal Canadiens Michael Ryder (73) carries the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports


Ryder has three 30+ goal seasons, and two more 20+ goal seasons in his nine NHL seasons. His scoring will be needed for the Devils, and he will most likely play along side Ilya Kovachuk and Travis Zajac.

So far so good for the Devils in free agency. They also added power forward Ryane Clowe and under the radar Rostistlav Olesz.

Clowe finished the season with the New York Rangers and is viewed as a replacement for Clarkson, but a bigger, stronger, and faster version. Read more about this here.

Olesz, a seventh overall pick in 2004, signed a one-year contract worth $1 million. He is a low-risk signing who could score some goals, but tore his ACL in 2012. Olesz had his best year in 2006-07, scoring 11 goals and 19 assists with a plus-2 player rating. He spent 2013 rehabbing his ACL, but had a strong year in the AHL in 2011-12 scoring 17 goals and 24 assists in 50 games.

Topics: 2013 NHL Free Agency, Free Agent Frenzy, Lou Lamoriello, Michael Ryder, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Rostistlav Olesz, Ryane Clowe

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