UFA-to-be Ryder signs one-year, $2.95-million pact

Links updated at 5:20 a.m.

Forward Michael Ryder has signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens, one day before the two sides were to appear before an arbitrator. Ryder had earned $2.2 million with the club last season; his new contract will see him earn $2.95 million this year. He becomes an unrestricted free agent next July 1.

Here’s the Canadiens’ announcement, and today’s Gazette story by Pat Hickey.

Ryder’s NHLPA statistics. Click on them to access the NHLPA website.

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