Boston’s disappointing duo should both be shown the door

Ryder, meanwhile, avoided the wrath of the Boston faithful. Maybe it’s because Bruins fans hold defensemen to a higher standard considering the franchise’s history of greatness on the back end. Nonetheless, a winger that brings little to the game unless he’s scoring – a 180-degree difference from most forwards, who use other aspects of their game to help them get out of slumps – is going to be a hard sell. The only thing really to do, if Chiarelli can’t find a sucker that will do something better than swap bad contract for bad contract, is to send a message to Ryder that if he doesn’t start treating the regular season with some semblance of urgency, he’ll be skating with a ‘P’ instead of a ‘B’ on his chest. Then let’s see how he manages to get motivated logging ice time with Providence in classic AHL showdowns against Worcester, Manchester and Bridgeport.

There really is no bigger insult to Bruins fans and management than a player that admits that some games aren’t worth working hard for. That’s not the “hard-to-play-against” made Chiarelli or anyone wants his players to have, and the Bruins can’t risk Wideman and Ryder lacking it again next season. Moving them both in the offseason would be the best maneuver the GM could make.

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