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Ryder, Havlat don’t sound thrilled about still being Devils


The New Jersey Devils had a quiet trade deadline day — GM Lou Lamoriello’s lone move was shipping out veteran d-man Marek Zidlicky — and, all told, only two Devils changed teams over deadline week: Zidlicky and Jaromir Jagr, now with Florida.

This, of course, led to several questions about the guys that stayed put.

Like forwards Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat, specifically — the two, who have served as healthy scratches repeatedly this season, remained in New Jersey following Monday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline… and neither sounded too excited about it.

From the Star-Ledger:

Havlat was clearly frustrated about not being traded.

“Not much has changed. There’s no reason to talk at all,” Havlat said. “I never asked about being traded. We never talked about it. It was not in my hands.

“I’m just a player. That’s all.”

Ryder said he has not spoken to Lamoriello about not being traded.

“It’s pretty hard to move a guy when he hasn’t played and other teams are wondering why you’re not playing. It’s kind of tough, I think, to move somebody that’s not playing,” Ryder repeated.

“You don’t know what is going to happen at the trade deadline and what teams are looking and what people are trying to do. If I got moved, I got moved. I was hoping that something maybe would happen just so I would get an opportunity.”

As the comments suggest, it’s been a forgettable year for both. Havlat signed on the cheap in the hopes of reviving his career following a rough ending in San Jose, but has failed to make an impact and has just five goals and 14 points through 38 games.

Ryder, who had a decent campaign last year with 18 goals, has just six through 44 contests this season.

Neither Ryder nor Havlat dressed for Tuesday’s win over Nashville, and it’s tough to see how many opportunities they’ll get over the final 18 games of the season. While it’s possible that Lamoriello was just unable to move either of the two — especially Ryder, who carries a $3.5M cap hit — it does seem strange some kind of transaction couldn’t get done, especially since both will become UFAs on July 1.

Trade deadline leaves Ryder, Havlat in limbo

Michael Ryder

The New Jersey Devils were able to move defenseman Marek Zidlicky and forward Jaromir Jagr for draft picks before the trade deadline, but they couldn’t find a new home for 34-year-old Michael Ryder or 33-year-old Martin Havlat. The two veteran forwards have spent a lot of time in the press box lately and would have presumably jumped at the opportunity to get a fresh start elsewhere.

Ryder in particularly was very open about the subject when it was brought up last week.

“I just want to play, so if it’s being traded, it’s being traded,” Ryder told the Bergen Record at the time. “I’m at the point that the guys are winning here and I’m happy for that. We’re making a little push and it would be nice to be playing and be a part of that, but if I get traded and play I’ll be happy with that, too. I just want to play.”

That didn’t happen though so now he has to ride out the remainder of the season on a team that isn’t likely to make the playoffs and hasn’t used him much recently. Along with Havlat, having a pair of potentially disgruntled veterans on the roster is far from ideal.

“I can’t control that,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said on Monday, per the Record. “They’re pros, they’re professionals. There’s not much I can do about that. We’ll do everything we can do to what’s right by the team first and certainly them very, very close. They’re aware of that. The best answer I can give for that is we’re going to do what’s best for the team. We’re here to win right now and anybody who feels other than that, I can’t help their thoughts. We have to get ready for tomorrow night. This is an unfortunate time. This is a difficult time for the players, a lot of anticipation, a lot of anxieties in all areas.”

Of course, under the circumstances Lamoriello would have likely dealt them if a market existed, which raises questions about their future in the league. Ryder and Havlat are eligible to become unrestricted free agents this summer, but if they can’t secure regular minutes with the Devils and there presumably weren’t any takers for them at the deadline, will there be much interest in the open market?

Devils put potential trade chip Ryder back into lineup

Michael Ryder

Michael Ryder has spent seven straight contests in the press box, but he’ll finally be back in the lineup when the New Jersey Devils take on the Chicago Blackhawks at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight.

With the March 2 trade deadline around the corner and Ryder set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, this can be viewed as the struggling Devils’ attempt to showcase him to contenders that might be interested in the 34-year-old forward’s services.

“Whatever happens, happens. I just want to play hockey and win,” Ryder told the Bergen Record. “I know I can help a team – help this team if I’m here or wherever else. If I get traded, I get traded. There’s not much I can do about it. I’m not losing any sleep about it.”

For his part, Devils GM and interim coach Lou Lamoriello credited Ryder’s hard work during practices for the lineup shakeup, which came at the expense of Martin Havlat.

Havlat, 33, has five goals and 14 points in 36 contests this season. He admitted to being surprised and disappointed by the fact that he won’t be playing against his former club.

“Especially here – one of the best (arenas) in the league and one of the best teams in the league,” Havlat said. “It’s always fun to play against these guys. It is what it is. Sometimes decisions have to be made and that’s all. I’ll be ready for the next game.”

Like Ryder, Havlat is eligible to test the free agent waters this summer and has consequently been the subject of trade speculation.