Idk how you can compare Ryder to Zid and Kovy.
When Zidlicky isn't scoring he helps on the power play, generates offense for others and is a play maker. When Kovy wasn't scoring he helped on the power play, PK, helped genrate offense for others and was a playmaker.
When Ryder isn't scoring he contributes NOTHING. And goal scoring is the one thing we pay him for so that's why he hurts the team and can't be compared to the other two. If he isn't scoring then he just drags down his linemates.
I mentioned them together as part of the common thread that I've noticed that they've been crapped on by our fanbase pretty often (in the stands, on Facebook, and sometimes on here), despite all consistently being near the upper echelon of our points-leaders.
That Ryder was streaky and doesn't have a great two-way game should come as a surprise to no one. There were maybe 3 or 4 games during his goalless drought that I thought he was particularly awful. Otherwise, he was getting off shots (which is his job) and in some cases playing better than some of the games he was scoring in. I remember one particular game right in the heat of his drought, where he had 4 glorious shots on goal; one hit the crossbar, others where the goalie stood on his head, etc... while the team as a whole was held to 15 shots and we were shutout.
To put it all in perspective, Ryder's goals or points this year are close to or better than the following list of players:
Tomas Tatar, Carl Hagelin, Brian Gionta, Ryan Callahan, RJ Umberger, Mike Ribeiro, Mika Zibanejad, Jiri Tlusty, Milan Michalek, Mason Raymond, Tomas Plekanec, Joffrey Lupul, Alexander Semin, Cam Atkinson, Matt Read, etc., etc., etc...
All guys we'd drop our pants for Lou to get on our team. In many cases, some of the guys I listed are making 2, 3, even 4 million more than Ryder. I know you're gonna pick the odd 2 or 3 of that list and say "Oh, but they kill penalties too!" but my general point remains. People who expected more from the 33 year old Ryder had irrational expectations.
The larger issues and holes in our roster only exacerbates Ryder's negatives, but otherwise I continue to think he was a good signing. It's the additional signings we DIDN'T MAKE that make him look like a bad signing.
Edited by DJ Eco, 21 April 2014 - 11:52 AM.