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by Paul on 07/31/07 at 08:10 AM ET
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Few fans feel Ryder will be with the Canadiens after the current season, and there are many who have already jumped on the Trade Ryder bandwagon.
I share the belief that Ryder’s days in Montreal are numbered. When he agreed to a one-year contract during the weekend, Ryder put himself in a position to become an unrestricted free agent next July. And his salary - a relative bargain at $2.95 million U.S. - means Ryder might be an attractive pickup for a team looking for a sniper at the trading deadline.
Both sides probably would have preferred a multi-year contract, but they couldn’t agree on a dollar figure. I think Ryder might have been awarded more if he had gone through arbitration, because $2.95 million is a bit below market value for a 30-goal scorer.
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