Montreal Canadiens Trade Erik Cole to Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder
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By James Stephan (@J_Habs)
Montreal Canadiens General Manager, Marc Bergevin, has pounded the gavel and made yet another transaction making his mark once again.
The Canadiens traded forward Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for former Habs forward Michael Ryder and a third round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Cole leaves a passionate city that adored his presence during the first year of his contract, and makes his way to the Stars who are currently sitting eighth in the western conference. Dallas Stars General Manager, Joe Nieuwendyk, later released a statement about the trade.
“Erik Cole is a top-six, power forward who skates well, adds size, and is under contract for the next two years.”
The 34-year-old power forward leaves Montreal with three goals, six points in 19 games played.
Ryder, a Newfoundland native, brings experience in the Montreal market, as well as a Stanley Cup ring that he acquired as a member of the Boston Bruins. Last season Ryder recorded 35 goals and 62 points in 82 games played, and Montreal will be looking for the sniper to tap into his goal scoring prowess to give the Habs some offensive power both on 5-5 and on the powerplay. Michael Ryder currently makes $3.5 million and is an Unrestricted Free Agent this summer.
Along with Montreal acquiring Ryder, they manage to pry away a third round pick in the 2013 draft, which is something to be excited about as Trevor Timmins will have six picks to work with in the first three rounds of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
By executing this deal Montreal alleviates the pressure of having an aging Erik Cole on the payroll for 4.5 for another two years. Ryder’s 3.5 million dollar deal and his pending UFA status are a huge plus for Bergevin as this gives him some flexibility both in the immediate and near future. It is worth mentioning that Ducks star forward Corey Perry could end up becoming a free agent this summer and would very likely be a target for the Montreal Canadiens.
While many fans are sad to see Erik Cole go, it is hard to be upset with the return that the Habs GM was able to acquire; many look forward as to what his next move might be.