While the Bruins may have been "very interested" in reacquiring winger Michael Ryder from the Dallas Stars, as one NHL source suggested Tuesday, the price seemingly was too high for Boston's liking and the teams couldn't reach a deal. Instead, Ryder began his second stint with Boston’s hated rival, the Montreal Canadiens, Wednesday in Toronto after being reacquired by the Habs along with a third-round pick in exchange for winger Erik Cole.
On Wednesday, Bruins players and coach Claude Julien seemed surprised that they would now have to face the player who played a major role in their 2011 Stanley Cup run with 17 points in 25 playoff games, but they had nothing but praise for their former teammate.
“We saw Michael here and he’s a good player," Julien said. "He certainly can score goals, but I was a little bit surprised at seeing him go back to Montreal. But that’s a deal that they made and as long as Mike is happy, I’m happy for him. He was a good player for us and he’s been a good player for me for many years. His value is worth something even when you trade him. He’s somebody who you want and last year scored 35 goals, so not a bad player.”
Rich Peverley knows just how good Ryder can be, and when the Habs come to town Sunday night for what could be a battle for first place in the Northeast Division as well as the Eastern Conference, Peverley plans on paying close attention to Ryder.
“Good for Rydes. He’s obviously a tremendous talent that scored a lot of goals last year and he’s having a great year again,” Peverley said. “He’s a dangerous player and we all know that. So whenever we play against him -- I think we've got him four more times -- we need to know when he’s on the ice. He can pick cherries with that shot.”