Montreal trades Erik Cole to Dallas for Michael Ryder
The Montreal Canadiens re-acquired forward Michael Ryder from the Dallas Stars on Tuesday afternoon.
The Philadelphia Flyers weren't the only team bringing back an old friend on Tuesday.
Ryder spent the first four years of his career with the Canadiens, scoring 30 goals on two different occassions. He's in the final year of a contract that carries a cap hit of $3.5 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. He's 32, but he's still a tremendous finisher with a quick shot, and he had a bounceback season for the Stars last year, scoring a career-high 35 goals.
In his first 19 games this year, he has six goals and eight assists.
Cole, 34, also scored a career-high 35 goals for the Canadiens last season but has had a hard time repeating that success this year (in a role that's seen him play fewer minutes) and has been limited to just three goals and three assists. He still has two years remaining on his contract and will count $4.5 million against the cap through the end of the 2014-15 season.
At first glance, it's hard to see what Dallas is gaining in this deal. Cole is two years older than Ryder, isn't as productive, and will take up quite a bit of cap space over the next two years.
It seems to be an upgrade for a Montreal team that has been one of the best in the Eastern Conference this season.
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