Late this afternoon, Habs General Manager pulled a fast one and dumped Erik Cole and the two years left on his fat contract to Dallas for Michael Ryder and a third round pick in this year’s draft, which is said to be extremely deep.
Applaud this move, for there is no downside.
The Habs save cap space now, and for next season, as Ryder is a free agent after this season. They get a right handed shot that is as productive, if not moreso than Cole. They get younger. They dump an asset that will only continue to depreciate as Cole ages. Oh, and they get a third round pick out of the deal.
Again, applaud this move. In fact, stand up and cheer!
With the cap set to drop steeply for next season, dumping this contract is a masterstroke that allows the Habs to go shopping in the summer for more pieces to the puzzle.
Michael Ryder’s last days as a Hab were not glorious ones. He had fallen way out of favour and was last seen throwing paper airplanes in the press box. But since then he was whipped in to shape by Claude Julien, and like Rene Bourque, Michel Therrien will not allow Ryder to loaf around.
In the worst case scenario, Ryder is as unproductive as Cole was and quietly becomes a free agent in the summer. Done deal.
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