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.