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.