NHL notes: Ryder not guilty of robbery

Former Flames prospect Daniel Ryder. (QMI Agency file photo)

Former Flames prospect Daniel Ryder. (QMI Agency file photo)

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, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

Former Calgary Flames prospect Daniel Ryder, the brother of Dallas Stars forward Michael Ryder, was found not guilty Wednesday of robbery.

At a court in Clarenville, Nfld., Ryder was found not guilty of three charges -- theft, robbery with violence and wearing a disguise -- stemming from an armed holdup of a convenience store in his hometown of Bonavista, Nfld., in January 2010.

Judge Patrick Kennedy, who took nearly two hours to read his decision, said the burden of proof was not met and, while there was circumstantial evidence, "it does not draw the net tightly enough around the accused," according to The Packet newspaper.

Ryder, 24, was diagnosed with severe mental illness after turning himself in to face the charges. He was initially found unfit to stand trial but his condition improved through psychiatric treatment.

At one time, Ryder was considered a solid NHL prospect.

He played four years in the OHL with Peterborough and Plymouth -- he was the OHL playoff MVP in 2006 -- and was a third-round pick of the Flames in 2005. But he played just 45 pro games, none in the NHL, before walking away from hockey at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Glendale optimistic

City of Glendale officials are optimistic the Phoenix Coyotes will be sold before the end of the year.

The city confirmed to the Arizona Republic that two groups have been talking about buying the team and signing a lease that would keep the Coyotes in Phoenix. One of those interested buyers is Greg Jamison, former CEO of the San Jose Sharks.

"They are two entities that believe this business franchise, if run properly, is a good investment," Glendale vice mayor Steve Frate told the Republic.

A city spokeswoman told the Republic Jamison is "adamant about keeping the team in Glendale."

Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer appeared set to buy the NHL franchise earlier this summer but the deal fell apart when the Goldwater Institute threatened to sue the city because the deal involved Glendale selling bonds.

Laperriere acts up

Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere sunk his teeth into a small role in Judd Apatow's new movie, This is Forty.

Actually, Laperriere's false teeth were a big part of the decision to cast the fourth-liner in the flick, which also features Flyers Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk.

According to Philly.com, the four Flyers portray hockey players who end up at a bar after a game and wind up dancing and playing with Laperriere's false teeth. Laperriere apparently put off having dental work done for the role.

"I made a fool of myself, but it was fun," Laperriere told Philly.com. "I like to try different things."

This is Forty stars Megan Fox, Wyatt Russell and Leslie Mann, Apatow's wife. It is scheduled to be released in December 2012.

Caps sign prospect

Forward Stanislav Galiev signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals Wednesday.

Galiev had 37 goals and 28 assists in 64 games with the Memorial Cup-champion Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL last season. He added one goal and two assists in four games during the Mem Cup tourney.

The 19-year-old from Moscow was a third-round pick of the Caps in 2010.

New head scout

The Ontario Hockey League has hired Darrell Woodley as its new director of Central Scouting.

Woodley, a 34-year-old from Kitchener, Ont., takes over for Rob Kitamura, who is now scouting for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He has been with the Barrie Colts of the OHL for the past nine seasons.

"I am really looking forward to the challenge and am excited for the opportunity to work in this league by assisting the 20 member clubs, their management, and scouting staffs," Woodley said in a press release issued by the league Wednesday. "I would like to thank the Barrie Colts for all of their support throughout my years as both a player and as a member of their staff."


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