Stars acquire Erik Cole from Montreal for Michael Ryder, third round pick

Here’s the release:

Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has acquired forward Erik Cole from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Michael Ryder and Dallas’ third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Cole, 34, won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, and has 457 points (222G-235A) in 721 career NHL games. Last season, he led Montreal in goal scoring with 35 goals, and was second on the team with 61 points (35G-26A). A consistent offensive threat, Cole has earned 50-point seasons in five of his previous seven campaigns, including two 60-point seasons with Montreal (2011-12) and Carolina (2006-07). The 6-foot-2, 212-pound forward has also appeared in 43 playoff contests, posting 14 points (6G-8A), including one game-winning goal.

“Erik Cole is a top-six, power forward who skates well, adds size, and is under contract for the next two years,” said Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. “We thank Michael Ryder for his contributions and look forward to what Erik will bring to our group.”

A native of Oswego, New York, Cole competed at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, where he posted one goal and two assists in six contests at the tournament. He has also competed at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, earning 11 points (2G-9A) in 14 games for Team USA.

Ryder, 32, returns to Montreal after playing the last two seasons with Dallas and the previous three with Boston. This season, he has 14 points (6G-8A) in 19 games for the Stars. The native of Bonavista, Newfoundland was signed by Dallas as a free agent to a two-year contract on July 1, 2011 and was Montreal’s eighth-round selection (216th overall) in 1998.

4 Responses to “Stars acquire Erik Cole from Montreal for Michael Ryder, third round pick”

  1. Mark, I’m not sure if it’s kosher for you to give commentary on a move like this, but I’d be interested in your take.
    I see no logic behind this deal… trade a productive veteran winger on an expiring contract for an older winger with declining skills and numbers that’s signed for way too much money for two more years. AND throw in a valuable 3rd round pick.
    Ryder could have brought a significant return at the deadline in the form of picks or prospects from a team looking to load up for the playoffs. Or he simply could have been a productive member of the Stars should they be in the playoff picture. Now they have a guy who they’d better hope just had major issues with the coaches in MTL, or else they’ll have a nice anchor of a contract hanging around their neck for two more years after this one.

  2. For Montreal this has to be all about freeing up cap space to sign Paccioretty (sp) and especially Eller (sp) to long term deals. I heard someone once say that every time the GM’s phone in Montreal rings it is someone asking about Eller.

  3. This is a wonderful trade, isn’t it? Not only do you commit 4.5 million to Cole when you could have given it to Ryder, but you give up a 3rd round pick for the priviledge to do it…Yeah, I’m really on line with this one.

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