The Dallas Stars finally really got into the news today as free agency is underway, as the Stars followed up three early signings with a pretty big one. The Stars have officially signed right-winger Michael Ryder to a two-year deal. The deal is reportedly for $7 million over the two seasons. Ryder spent the last few seasons as a member of the Boston Bruins and just finished winning the cup with them last month.
Ryder immediately comes in as a top-six forward and someone that can score with guys like Ribeiro, Benn, or Eriksson playing alongside him. He started his career with Montreal and played with Ribeiro there, before signing a three-year deal to play in Boston for $12 million. His goal totals over those three seasons were 27,18, and 18, and he was huge this last postseason with eight goals and nine assists in the playoffs. So he can come in and be a 20 goal guy. He is a somewhat veteran guy at 31, and looks like a good pick-up for the team. He and Ribeiro have played together and Ribs likes right-handed wingers, so it would not be a surprise to see a line of Morrow-Ribs-Ryder. This puts him up higher in the depth chart, while signalling that earlier signing Radek Dvorak will definitely be in more of a depth role on one of the lower lines.
Then the Stars just announced that blueliner Sheldon Souray has just signed with the team. The deal is being reported as a one-year deal for about $1.65 million. While I am not really a fan of Souray because of his last couple of seasons with Edmonton and the issues between the two sides there, the guy was once a good D-man and it looks like Dallas is willing to give it a shot. If he can return to form before basically being buried in the minors by the Oilers because of injuries, disagreements, and asking out, then the Stars might have just added a good, solid d-man that will play some minutes and maybe play some time with the 2nd PP unit. And if it doesn’t work, then he is gone after one season.
Big afternoon for the Stars so far, with a total of six signings so far. Tomorrow morning I will provide some thoughts on the opening day of free agency as well as heading over to the Stars Development Camp in McKinney.