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New Signing Adds to Forward Depth

Friday, 10.31.2008 / 10:33 AM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Paul Branecky
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New Signing Adds to Forward Depth

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
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62