Boston, MA -
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Michael Ryder to a multi-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
The 6-0, 186 pound Newfoundland native has spent his entire four-year NHL career playing in Montreal, recording 99 goals and 108 assists in 314 games. 46 of his 99 goals have come on the power play, including a career best 18 power play strikes in 2005-2006.
Ryder had back-to-back 30 goal seasons and led Montreal in goals scored (30 apiece) for both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, during which he finished the years with totals of 58 and 55 points, respectively. His best season points-wise came in his first year in 2003-04, where he played in 81 games and notched 25 goals and 38 assists for 63 points and was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team.
Last season, Ryder tallied 14-17-31 totals while playing in 70 games for the Canadiens. He also appeared in four playoff contests for the team during the most recent postseason.
The 28-year-old was originally drafted by the Canadiens in the 8th round (216th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Playing for the Hull Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Ryder tallied 128 goals and 129 assists in 201 games over three seasons from 1997-2000. He then spent portions of the next two years between Tallahassee and Mississippi of the ECHL and Quebec of the AHL before playing a full year in Hamilton (AHL) during the 2002-2003 campaign.
Ryder played for current Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien for six seasons in Juniors and the NHL. He played under Julien as a member of Hull (QMJHL, 1997-98, 98-99, 99-00), Hamilton (AHL, 02-03) and the Canadiens in 03-04 and 05-06.