No brainer. Hopefully, Chiarelli is a little tougher with his extensions than he was handing them out a few years ago. Please, nothing over 3.5 million. Even that is stretching it to me.
This is a layered need. If Ryder is willing to take a paycut, it appears everything will fall into place. The fourth line can stay intact, other than that the only sure thing is that Bergeron and the Nose Face Killah will stay paired. Replacing Recchi will be a tough call, since Kelly & Peverley showed so much chemistry along with Seguin and Ryder. Seguin out of pure talent alone should get the nod to get the most playing time on the second line, being his job to lose. Most likely that slot will go to either him or Peverley. If Ryder choses to go elsewhere, this void will have to be filled. My personal choice, and I have been called out for having a pants tent over this guy, is Brooks Laich from Washington. Very responsible defensively, with hands, size, and versatility.