Ryder was a major dissapointment last year
The biggest disappointment for the Bruins last season was easily Michael Ryder. After a season in which he was one of the Bruins leading scorers as they catapulted to the top of the Eastern Conference, Michael Ryder made more enemies within the Bruin community last season with his below average play on the ice, especially considering fans were hoping he would carry the goal scoring load.
Now with the Bruins hoping to start the youth movement with players such as Zach Hammil, Tyler Seguin, and Jordan Caron, Michael Ryder may be taking a road-trip down I-95 to Providence.
BOSTON — While general manager Peter Chiarelli gave winger Michael Ryder a public vote of confidence Sunday, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs, speaking at Wednesday’s media day, didn’t rule out the possibility of Ryder being shipped to the minors.
“Hopefully we’re not doing that,” Jacobs said of sending Ryder to Providence. “It’s up to Pete. We sure don’t want to see that happen. It’s not unheard of in this organization, but we want to be a little more fiscally responsible than that. But if that’s where you wind up, that’s where you wind up. It’s Peter’s call, really.”
There are two major things I take out of these comments from Mr. Jacobs. The first thing is that Jacobs understands that Michael Ryder was a major disappointment last year and he may in fact deserve to be in Providence. I’m sure a lot of fans would be happier knowing Ryder was at least an hour away from Boston and hoping he could get further away.
But there is something a little more concerning in these words. The key words from Jacobs are that the Bruins may not do it because they want to be “a little more fiscally responsible”. On these words every Bruins fan should have hit their heads against their desks. Jeremy Jacobs, the notorious penny pincher, has teased Bruins fans in recent years by actually going out and signing players. Now, when a move that could cost the Bruins some money, but could help the team get better AND save future cap room, Jacobs may not do it out of fear of “wasting money”. If Ryder doesn’t get sent to Providence, I’m sure Bruins fans could blame Jacobs money spending ways, but I guess nothing would be new in Boston then.