Thursday, May 30, 2013
Montreal's FA decisions
By Tim Kavanagh
UPDATE:According to le journal de montreal, Michael Ryder isn't part of GM Marc Bergevin's future plans and will not re-sign with the Montreal Canadiens. The forward's agent confirmed as much this week.
*** On Thursday night, the Montreal Canadiens' season came to a close, with a 6-1 defeat marking the end of their postseason run. As we look ahead to the 2013-14 campaign, the team must make decisions on their impending free agents.
The biggest name on the Habs' list of impending unrestricted free agents is RW Michael Ryder. Ryder has done well in a Canadiens' uniform and has expressed an interest in staying with the club; however, he wants a multi-year deal, and it's unclear whether Montreal is willing to accommodate that request.
In addition to Ryder, the Habs also face decisions on Colby Armstrong, Jeff Halpern and Petteri Nokelainen. The RFA situation brings a little more intrigue, as youngsters Ryan White and Ian Schultz are up for new deals; as we saw with the drawn-out negotiations with P.K. Subban this season, there may be some foot-dragging that goes on with the new pacts for the RFAs.