Ryder ran away with the 2003-04 rookie scoring race leading led all NHL freshmen in every offensive category.
MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of forward Michael Ryder to a one-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ryder, 25, is now entering his second season with the Canadiens. In 2004-05, he spent the season with Leksands of Sweden's second division where he led the team in scoring with 48 points in 32 games (27 goals, 21 assists) and 32 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-1, 196-pound winger played in 81 of the Canadiens' 82 games in 2003-04. He ranked second in team scoring with 63 points (25 goals, 38 assists) in addition to leading the team with 10 power-play goals. The native of Bonavista, Nfld was runner-up for the Calder Trophy awarded to the NHL's top rookie and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after leading all freshmen in every offensive category.
Ryder was selected by the Canadiens in the eighth round, 216th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.