Ryder has to keep working hard

The Gazette’s Pat Hickey reports that Canadiens head coach Guy Carbonneau wants the struggling Michael Ryder to shoot the puck – a lot. The coach believes Ryder will be able to get out of his slump if he continues to work hard and simplify his game.

"The answer is in Michael’s hands. If he works hard and shoots the puck, good things will happen. He’ll be the first one to tell you he doesn’t like the situation he’s in right now. It’s not fun. When you’re there to score goals, you want to contribute and it’s been hard for him."


  1. RetroMikey says:

    Michael Ryder, as I have always stated from Day 1 has not impressed me enough to be put on the top line with Saku Koivu and Christopher Higgins. A major disappointment along with Guillame Latendresse (send him down to Hamilton Bob!). Yes, he’s trying and improving his defensive game as well, but for how long will we h ave the patience? I have always recommended a second line of Kovalev-Plekanec-Kostitsyn from the beginning of training camp and this line whould be kept intact. But, if we have to, my solution would have to be is put Kostitsyn on the front line and replace him on the second line with Grabovsky. I can’t think of any other line juggling with our current roster. No, Dandeneault is not a 1st liner, keep him on the 3rd or 4th line, we need a sniper. Kostitsyn is a natural sniper and if given the opportunity on the top line, we’ll all be saying “Michael who”?

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  2. habitual says:

    Anonymous, I share some of your frustration with Latendresse, his puck handling and skating are issues. We need his size against Toronto and if he plays big we have enough other skill players … for this game. But otherwise I agree that Grabowski or S Kostitsyn will be better – on Koivu’s line going forward.

    Latendresse is only 20 and concentrating on skill development (power skating and puck handling practice) will put him in a position to succeed, as would playing on the 4th line where expectations will be lower.

    As for Ryder … he’ll have to score at a greater pace than he ever has in order to capture lost ground, and as he is a streaky player that would mean his scoring can only come in spurts.

    I hate to say this, but I think a change of scenery will help both him and the club. We have young players who need and are ready for playing time. Can anyone argue that Grabowski, or Sergi would do worse than Ryder, and that playing them would start their development?

    Trading Ryder now will mean we may still get something for him. Otherwise, 20 games from now he will have the taint of his slump upon him and the fact that he has 1/2 a year left on his contract will mean we’ll get zip for him. So, no, I don’t see things getting better for him, or the hockey team.

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