Report: Canadiens won’t re-sign Michael Ryder


It looks like Michael Ryder’s second stint with the Montreal Canadiens will be limited to 32 regular season and playoff contests.

Ryder’s agent informed the Journal de Montreal that his client is not part of Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s plans.

After helping the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup, the now 33-year-old forward inked a two-year, $7,000,000 contract with the Dallas Stars back in the summer of 2011.

He scored a career-high 35 goals and registered 27 assists in 82 games with the Stars in 2011-12, but Dallas decided to trade him to Montreal on Feb. 26 in a deal that also involved forward Erik Cole.

Montreal was the team that originally drafted Ryder in 1998 and he spent his first four NHL seasons with the squad.

Among players currently scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this summer, Ryder is in a three-way tie for fourth place with 35 points in 46 games.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.