Here’s a quote from forward Erik Cole, who waived a no-trade clause to accept a trade from Montreal to the Dallas Stars.
“I have two more years at a $4.5 million cap hit, the salary cap is going to be down and Montreal has several young players that are going to be in need of new contracts. So if it wasn’t this trade, there was going to have to be movement in the next few years and they are going to have to find a way to move that money. … It was going to happen now, or in the summer or next year. There was a great opportunity to go to Dallas. There’s a player there I spent a number of years with in Carolina in Ray Whitney. I placed a call to Ray, and he had great things to say about the organization.”