Ryder, 31, had 18 goals and 23 assists in 79 games in 2010-11. He had 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 25 playoff games.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he sent a text message Friday afternoon to Ryder, wishing him well and to “make sure you light up all of those Eastern Conference teams -- except us”. Chiarelli remains confident in the leadership values of his core, should the Bruins not sign a suitable replacement.
“You know what, in the three years we had him, he was really good in the postseason,” Chiarelli said. “So that’s going to be an area I hope that the group will, I talked about leadership earlier, the group inheriting some of that responsibility if we don’t bring in someone else. And you know, the timely scoring is something that I’ve liked what I’ve seen with the rest of the group.”