Michael Ryder will be in the lineup for the Canadiens Wednesday night when they take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto (7:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio) and he’ll be wearing No. 73.
When asked by reporters in Toronto Wednesday morning who Ryder will play with, coach Michel Therrien responded: “You’ll find out tonight.”
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin acquired Ryder, who started his NHL career in Montreal, from the Dallas Stars Tuesday night in exchange for Erik Cole. Montreal also received a third-round draft pick this year in the deal.
Ryder met his new teammates at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday morning and underwent a team medical exam, but did not take part in the morning skate.
Rookie Brendan Gallagher, who had been wearing No. 73, will switch to No. 11, the number he wore in junior hockey with the Vancouver Giants.
“I feel sorry for the three people who bought Gallagher 73 jerseys,” the rookie said following the Canadiens’ morning skate in Toronto.
Ryder caught a 6 a.m. flight Wednesday from Columbus, where the Stars beat the Blue Jackets 5-4 in overtime Tuesday night. Ryder was hoping to take a long pre-game nap before facing the Leafs.
Ryder, who has 2-7-9 totals in his last six games, will be looking to extend his point streak to seven games against the Leafs.
Five other players didn’t take part in the morning skate: Rene Bourque, who is sidelined with a concussion, Francis Bouillon, Brian Gionta, Raphael Diaz and Tomas Plekanec.