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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
K. Versteeg 63 11 22 -6 33
E. Staal 63 10 23 -3 33
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81