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Why The Detroit Red Wings Need Michael Ryder

Free Agency opens on July 5th and the Detroit Red Wings will be looking to upgrade the team by bringing in a free agent or two. Here we take a look at players who could help the Wings moving forward.

Michael Ryder

HEIGHT: 6′ 0″
AGE: 33
CAP HIT: $3,500,000
STATS: 35 points (16 goals, 19 assist) / 46 games played

Even with the knowledge that neither Mikael Samuelsson or Todd Bertuzzi will be bought out of their contracts, the Red Wings would benefit by having Michael Ryder on the team.

Why should the Red Wings sign Michael Ryder?

Michael Ryder is a versatile player who could play on the Wings top two lines or be a third line checker and give the Wings secondary scoring.

He is a right-handed shot, which has always been Detroit’s Achilles heel.

In the shortened season, he was on pace for a 30 goal year and the year before he tallied 35 goals. If the Wings want another 30 goal player, Ryder can be the guy.

Throughout his career he has played in almost every game, there are no injury concerns with Ryder.

Why shouldn’t the Red Wings sign Michael Ryder?

Ryder made $3.5 million last season and could be looking for a raise and/or a longer term deal. The Wings might not like either idea.

At 33 years old he is entering the twilight of his career and he could see a decline in his production.

The question is, do we think he should be brought in?

With Nathan Horton and David Clarkson possibly pricing themselves out of Detroit, Michael Ryder could be the go to guy to boost the Wings. If they could sign him for 2 years at $3 million, I would be very happy, but $3.5 million is not a bad deal either.

Should the Red Wings sign Michael Ryder?

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