Ok bad memory so I stand corrected.
My point still stands about this current team. It's a patchwork team made up of fill ins and plan B's. No way with a majority if this core can they compete for the cup even if they by some chance make the playoffs.
Nothing wrong with that, and I am not sure you are complaining about the moves other than stating the truth. When you sign a guy like Ryder or Brunner or Lukowich (who was quite solid here) to short contracts, it's usually low risk and low reward.
Personally, I don't think there is a bad thing as a 2-year free agent deal. If they aren't good, it's two years. No biggie. Better than going in on July 1st desperate to overpay any of the top 5 guys in a weak class like many teams were ready to do with Clarkson.
Unfortunately, Lou missed out on the best 2-year bargain of the off-season in Clarke MaCarthur.
As for Ryder, this is who he is. You just hope to get one good season and one bad one. http://www.hockey-re.../rydermi01.html
The Devils have gotten the best and worst of Ryder all in one season.
"The Stanley Cup has fallen from the Stars. The new millennium has its first Stanley Cup Champion, and it's the New Jersey Devils." Mike Miller calling the Devils winning the Stanley Cup.
"It goes to the captain and then there are handoffs during a skate around the ice" Mike Emrick as Scott Stevens is being presented the Stanley Cup.