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7/23/2006 2:17:13 PM

MONTREAL - Michael Ryder is returning to Montreal.

Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced the one-year, $2.2 million deal on Sunday.

With Ryder signed, all Canadiens' players are under contract for the 2006-07 season.

Ryder, 26, completed the 2005-06 season, his second in the NHL, with a career-high 30 goals and 55 points in 81 games, and 40 penalty minutes.

The 6'0", 198-pound right-winger led the team in goals (30), power play goals (18), game-winning goals (6) and shots on goal (243). A native of Bonavista, Newfoundland, Ryder was a Canadiens' 8th round pick, 216th overall, at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

The signing avoids Ryders' arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for Tuesday.
 

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$2.2M for a 30 goal scorer was a good move by Montreal. Adding in Samsonov and Johnson to the mix only helps them, and Ryder returning gives them quite the offence.

There hasn't been much word on Saku Koivu yet, but hopefully he'll return. Montreal will be a much better team this year than they were last year.
 
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