I’m a firm believer that some players are only as good as their ability to tolerate the market they are in, and the support they are getting from the bodies around them.
That said, an interesting trade that might spark the reemergence of two talented 30 goal scorers would be between Boston and St Louis.
I personally don’t think that Michael Ryder is able to stand the scrutiny in a top tier hockey market like Montreal or Boston. I think in a place where the fourth line guys are as well known to the fans as the second line guys in major markets. Brad Boyes has played in Boston, has his two former linemates still on the team in Patrice Bergeron and Marco Sturm, and has just short of died this season for all the relevance he’s had on the ice. Their cap hits are about the same, although there are two more years on Boyes deal and just one on Ryders.