Michael Ryder signs with New Jersey Devils for two years

Michael Ryder is headed to the New Jersey Devils on a two-year deal. (USATSI)
Michael Ryder is headed to the New Jersey Devils on a two-year deal. (USATSI)

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The New Jersey Devils made another moderate splash in free agency by signing forward Michael Ryder to a two-year deal worth $7 million, according to Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.

Ryder split last season with the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens. He posted 35 points in 46 games, including 16 goals. He’s been a productive player throughout his career and with a $3.5 million annual cap hit, he’s a fairly affordable source of offense.

Ryder has 431 points in 677 career games.

After signing Ryane Clowe and Rostislav Olesz earlier Friday and re-upping Patrick Elias Thursday, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello has been very active in this free-agent period. 

While Clowe's contract is certainly one that comes with a fair amount of risk, Lamoriello was able to lock up Ryder at the same value of his last contract. This despite Ryder being just one year removed from a 35-goal season with the Stars. 

At 33, Ryder can still produce and should be a nice addition for the Devils.

Lamoriello's attention will now turn to re-signing restricted free agent Adam Henrique, who is due for a nice raise.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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