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New Signing Adds to Forward Depth

Friday, 10.31.2008 / 10:33 AM / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky

The Canes made a move to improve their depth at forward today, signing free agent Michael Ryan to a two-way, one-year deal.  Although the team thinks he can contribute at the NHL level if needed, he’ll report to Albany for now.

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Ryan, a 28-year-old second-round draft pick of Dallas in 1999, played 65 games with Buffalo over the last two seasons, scoring 13 points.

Basically, he’s Matt Murley.  Based on the numbers, they seem like the exact same player, right down to their age, draft position, NHL games played and scoring totals.  Murley is also 28, was drafted in the second round by Pittsburgh in the same year, played 62 NHL games and scored 9 points.  Hands off, KHL!

Also like Murley, Ryan has put up good numbers at the AHL level, most notably scoring 51 points in 50 games two years ago.  He’ll join an Albany squad hurting by the departure of Murley and the recent call-up of Dwight Helminen by the Canes.  The Rats (1-4-1) currently rank last in the AHL with only 13 goals scored through six games.

Ryan becomes the sixth member of the 1999 second round to pass through the Hurricanes organization at some point, joining Murley, Mike Commodore, Brett Lysak, Andrew Hutchinson and Mike Zigomanis.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
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A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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