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Video: Who won the Ryder-Cole trade?

Feb 26, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

Earlier on Tuesday, news surfaced that the Montreal Canadiens acquired Michael Ryder and a third-round pick from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Erik Cole. (Read about it here.)

So, which team got the best end of the deal? Mike Milbury and Keith Jones discuss the swap in the video below:

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  1. valoisvipers - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Habs look like they won this one, by shedding salary and getting a pick but Ryder was a Hab before and didn’t like it. I would suggest they retrade Ryder now while his value is how. If they keep him they will destroy him again.

    • biasedhomer - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      I agree the Habs won.
      Ryder and Cole both are good 2nd line wingers, so talentwise, I’d say its a wash.
      But the Habs get rid of that contract.

  2. nunan - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    As a Bs fan, I think the Habs are doing things right this year. They’re not as soft. Markov is healthy. Should be a good battle for the division.

  3. hockeyflow33 - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Who’s asking this question? This isn’t even debatable

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    Seriously? Dallas takes on an unproductive player who makes a ton of money and was seriously considering retirement during the lockout. It appears like he doesn’t want to be at the rink. Meanwhile, the Habs get a player who’s been putting up points, seems driven, and is an upcoming FA. PLUS a 3rd rd pick. No-brainer IMO.

    • 19to77 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:24 AM

      Huh. Didn’t know that. Definitely puts his lack of production in some context… though it only makes the trade sound even more pointless and baffling. There were better trades avaiable for a package like Ryder and a 3rd, surely.

    • justicemsb - Feb 27, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      Was sooooo grateful when Cole left Carolina. It’s pretty pathetic when you happen to overhear a player saying he doesn’t want to play for your team, and he was just showing his spots again by considering retirement. Probably just considering it to get traded, the question now being………………………….is THIS a team he REALLY wants to play for………..or not? Habs got a MUCH better deal this time around.

  5. letsgopens8771 - Feb 27, 2013 at 5:48 AM

    Habs made out like bandits, no doubt.

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