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Ryder unwraps new deal

Daniel Ryder, seen here during practice for Canada's National Junior Development Camp last July,...

Daniel Ryder, seen here during practice for Canada's National Junior Development Camp last July, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames yesterday. (Calgary Sun File/Darren Makowichuk)

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Dan Ryder will have a merry Christmas after all.

After inexplicably not receiving an invite to Canada's world junior camp and then being handed a 10-game suspension, Ryder's eggnog was watered down thanks to tears of disappointment.

However, the Calgary Flames prospect has something to toast, having signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the club yesterday.

Something to smile about for the shifty centre drafted 74th overall in 2005?

"Yeah, for sure," he said shortly after returning to his hometown of Bonavista, Nfld., yesterday for the break.

Of course, the deal means his loved ones may make some amendments to their Christmas wish list.

"I don't know about that," he said with a laugh. "I do have to buy a few things."

Ryder, despite receiving an invite to the Team Canada summer camp and then collecting 24 goals and 35 assists in 29 games for the OHL's Peterborough Petes, wasn't called to Calgary for the final camp earlier this month.

"It was disappointing," said Ryder, the playoff MVP last season. "But it's something I have to get over with and move on."

Set to turn 20 next month, the 5-ft., 11-in., 191-lb. centre is also not enjoying an extended break, handed a 10-game banishment for abusing an official.

"There was a bad call before and they scored on the powerplay," he explained. "I went up to the ref to say something, let him know I didn't like the call and I put my hand on his shoulder to get his attention because he was looking the other way. That's it.

"I went to the bench and one of the linesmen came to tell me I was kicked out of the game and I thought that was it. I figured I'd be playing next game.

"I don't think what I did was worth 10 games."

His defending OHL champion Petes are playing sub-.500 hockey.

"I'm trying to do my best to help the young guys along," he said.


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