Goodbye To Cole, Hello To Ryder

These things always seem to happen when I’m at work and not supposed to be on the computer.

Erik Cole is now a Dallas Star, and Michael Ryder, who toiled for the Habs for four seasons between 2003 and 2008, is back in the fold. Who wudda thunk.

Before the Stars, Ryder spent three years as a Boston Bruin. Maybe he can regale his new teammates with funny Tim Thomas and Brad Marchand stories.

There was definitely something off with Cole this season. He expressed his unhappiness before the season kicked off, even admitting it might be his last campaign, and he was less than stellar up until now, with just three goals and three assists. Who knows what was wrong. Maybe he missed the good old U.S. of A.

The bottom line was, he wasn’t really helping the team and when that happens, it’s time to move on. He seemed like he was ready for a change anyway.

I trust Marc Bergevin on this move. Michel Therrien probably said, “hey boss, we need more scoring,” and the G.M. listened. Michael Ryder is a pure sniper with a great shot, and we could’ve used him the other night in Ottawa when the team was able to manage just one goal on 45 shots.

Ryder potted 112 goals in his four seasons as a Hab, an average of almost 30 a year, and that ain’t chopped liver. His total NHL stats sit at 203 goals and 207 assists in 650 games.

So goodbye to Erik Cole, he was a fine player up until this year, and he seems a charismatic and friendly fellow. It’s just too bad he wasn’t helping. Here’s wishing him all the best as a Dallas Star.

9 thoughts on “Goodbye To Cole, Hello To Ryder”

  1. Last year Cole was DYN-O-MITE !!! He taught Max Pac how to hustle AND have fun doing it. His comments on maybe not playing next year were allowed – it’s his life and family to live and care for. BUT if he’s not hurt his pay chegue reguires him to perform–can’t always get a goal but ya should at least hustle.
    I enjoyed Eric last year –high-fiveing the ref en all and wish him the best, I was proud to have him on our team. I’m thankful for his work ethic last year.

  2. Peter Hab, Cole was a good player in Montreal, except for this year. I liked him a lot, and I was amazed at his speed. I wonder what happened.

  3. With Cole gone, Gomez gone, Kaberle bought out this summer – we will have about 17 million roughly in free cap space. We could get some pretty damn good free agents that way. Someone on Twitter mentioned Corey Perry…hmm.

    I was working on a picture where he’s involved but know I don’t know if I’ll even finish it. It’s kind of hard to do when he’s been traded…but I’m weird that way.

  4. Darth, I’m anxious to see a new creation of yours. How bout one of Sprague Cleghorn pulverizing an opponent who ran Georges Vezina.

  5. D-John, that could be a fine line. Ryder should also help out on the power play. I just hope Bourque isn’t long term. He’s been excellent.

  6. If Cole continues to be disgruntled and fails to perform as expected this is a major trade win for Bergevin and us. The Stars are a fairly low budget team and just signed Benn to big $$$, I think they knew they couldn’t afford to keep UFA Ryder at the end of year and wanted something in return. Or maybe they just wanted someone older to play with Jagr and Whitney.

    This gives us a lot of options; we can re-sign him if he plays well or as Darth wrote let him go leaving a lot of space for an even bigger star.

    And we get a third round draft pick to boot.

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