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Habs trade Erik Cole to Stars for Michael Ryder

Feb 26, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

Erik Cole AP

In what has to be the biggest trade of the 2013 season so far, the Montreal Canadiens sent winger Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Michael Ryder, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Update: Montreal also got a third-round pick in the deal, the Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika reports.

Cole, 34, was a big free agent acquisition for the Habs during the 2011 offseason. He had a great debut in 2011-12 (35 goals, 61 points) but has just six points in 19 games this season. His contract is likely as big of a concern for Montreal; his $4.5 million cap hit expires after the 2014-15 season.

Ryder, 32, has been red-hot lately for the Stars. The hot-and-cold winger has nine points in a six-game points streak and 14 in 19 games overall. His $3.5 million cap hit expires after this season.

There should be a reasonable amount of familiarity for both players.

The most obvious is Ryder’s case. The Habs drafted him in the eighth round in 1998, watching him play for four seasons in Montreal before he departed for Boston.

Cole doesn’t have that same experience, but at least he’ll be reunited with former Carolina Hurricanes teammate Ray Whitney (who’s recovering from an injury).

  1. killerpgh - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Hopefully this opens the flood gates for some big trades soon.

  2. colby7 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Good trade for both teams, I would think Dallas filled more of a need than Montreal though.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Wow. Interesting move. Never been a big Cole fan but I like Ryder.

  4. sjtorpitt - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    From a stars point of view, I don’t get this trade. Trade a player who’s been playing well(Ryder), for one who hasn’t played well with a higher cap hit.

    • tatdue - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      And throw them a third round pick to boot!!?….There’s something weird about this one….?

    • bucrightoff - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Best part for Montreal is the cap relief. Get Cole’s two more years off the books and Ryder is off at the end of the season. Even if Cole plays better long term its a much smarter move.

      • xtb3 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        still have gainey yoke of kaberle and giinta stuck around their necks

        gaint is the stupidest GM in history

        but he was a good checker on a team of super stars

  5. steelers88 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I wonder if or when the Penguins are going to make a trade.

  6. sjsharks66 - Feb 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Really? I think the habs might have gotten the better deal. Interesting!

    • habsman - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:15 PM


      Cole showed up out of shape this year. Actually he said he thought about retiring. The big bonus will be the 4.5 mil cap savings next year, as they will likely let Ryder walk at seasons end and move a young guy up.

      Minny must be hoping Cole reverts to last years form. So far he hasn’t.

      • habsman - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:17 PM


  7. thesneakysalamander - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    There has to be more about this trade than we know about. A struggling player(Cole) for a younger player thats playing well(Ryder) AND a third round pick? Something doesnt quite add up

    • xtb3 - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      joes asst gainey had huge problems with both ryder and ribeiro when with montreal benching each and getting rid of each of them

      fast forward to gainey resigning in dallas last summer after habs finnally flushed him and withiin 20 games both ryder and ribeirp ase gone

      • hockeydon10 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM

        I gave you a thumbs up just for the drunken posting.

  8. mclovinhockey - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Ryder > Cole….
    Good trade Montreal

  9. hockeyflow33 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand why Dallas would make this deal.

  10. einjzmolf - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    ah, joe niuwendyk flashing his brilliance once again. barf.. you’re welcome, montreal.

  11. buckyblackhawk - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I guess the Canadians GM

    • buckyblackhawk - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      I guess the Canadians GM never recd Cole’s earlier text.

  12. sjtorpitt - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    AND a 3rd round pick?!? The trade is bad enough for them player for player, and they just give away a pick!!! Wtf!!!

  13. capsfan19 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Wtf. This makes no sense

  14. letsgopens8771 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    No surprise. Cole has had an expiration date for a while, but a new change of scenery could benefit him, you never know. As for Ryder, awesome trade for Montreal. Ryder is awesome and I am still wondering why the stars gave him up.

  15. jkennedy1970 - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    As a Stars fan, this one is a bit confusing. The only reason I can think of why the Stars would make this deal is that Ryder (whos contract is up after this year), told the Stars that he would not re-sign with them. On paper, this looks to be a better trade for the Habs. Not sure what Cole gives us. He’s older, not playing very well, and he has a higher salary. The Stars got BAMBOOZLED!

  16. steelers88 - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Is this the same GM that traded Neal and Niskanen for Gologoski?

    • xtb3 - Feb 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      yes but now helped by gainey who was still actual GM in montreal throughout his disputes , benching and expulsion of each of ribeiro and ryder from the habs. gainey also signed eric cole last year in montreal. gainey joins dallas last summer now he cleanses ryder and ribeiro again and again adds cole .

      deja vu all over again 3 times by gainey!

  17. arbruins - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Poor Ryder!

  18. deezenucks - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    What a steal for Montreal. GM Joe is a poor evaluator.

    • xtb3 - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      dudus bonehead gainey behind it as he was with ribeiro dumping

      canadiebs saved by getting the 2 bums failures gainey and gauthier out of there

      habs fom 15 to1

      what a coincedence

  19. xtb3 - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Told everyone including local Dallas writer on the day the brain-dead dufus moron Bob Gainey the day Dallas stupidly hired this worst GM in history – I said Gainey will get rid of both Ribeiro and Ryder just 2 players who hate his guts. And sure enuff under Gaineys watch for the 2nd time each they are out of there. In Ryders time in Montreal he scored 30 goals 2 years in a row – have no idea when this was last done before or after him but despite being Habs leading scorer against Philly, the dufus Gainey healthy scratched Ryder for the entie losing Philly series. Gainey was a great checker on a team of stars – he does not have a brain either. Bergevin still stuck with Dionta and Kaberle but they wont be long and DUFUS Gaineys damage will soon be over.

    PS Hows Ribeiero done? Gaineys acquired good 45 year okds for Dallas

    • xtb3 - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      cor – ryder had scored 30 goals 3 years in arow for mtl but gainey refused to reward him then benched him

      gainey in 20 years only once scored 20 goals causing his extreme jealousy

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