Ryder, Canadiens avoid arbitration

Updated: July 23, 2006, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens avoided salary arbitration with forward Michael Ryder by giving him a big raise Sunday, signing their top goalscorer to a one-year deal worth $2.2 million.

The 26-year-old Ryder had a team-high 30 goals last season while earning $1 million. He also had 25 assists in 81 games.

Ryder and the Canadiens had been scheduled for a Tuesday arbitration session.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press

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