I certainly get your point, but the issue is that other than scoring goals, he's useless. He's an absolute black hole on the cycle, cannot carry the puck for more than 10ft without losing possession and is just plain slow. I agree we need the scoring, he just drives me nuts, lol.
I get that, and the reason he drives you nuts may very well be what some of these "prized UFAs" might drive us nuts with. Hell, Kovalchuk polarized the fanbase for about two years despite being our leader in points, over people who loved his scoring prowess and people who thought he wasn't "Devils enough".
We always want this non-Devils style prolific attacking player and then when we get that guy (and I'm not saying Ryder is that guy, but he falls in line with the argument) and he starts scoring goals, everyone will still be in a tizzy over them not "playing the Devils game".
Then we got guys like Zubrus or Carter or Clowe who will cycle the puck and not lose it for a minute and a half along the boards. I'm sure they don't frustrate you (or other fans) because they don't have too many giveaways and they show a ton of "effort", but really, what good is that anymore?
Edited by DJ Eco, 26 March 2014 - 10:30 AM.