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
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Ryan, a 28-year-old second-round draft pick of
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
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
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.