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02-26-2013, 05:29 PM
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Basically a NBA type trade. We got Ryder's expiring deal this summer and we shed the final 2 years of Cole's deal. 3.5 M cap hit this year vs 4.5 M cap hit, so we also create a tad more cap room.

For those reasons, I think it's a good move. This opens up TONS of cap room for this summer. This tells me Bergevin was scared of Cole really declining in years 3 or 4 of his deal. Sort of like what we are seeing with Gionta now.

It's also possible Cole may have told the Habs FO that he would accept a trade to a US based team for family reasons (his daughter in high school angle that has been discussed).

We get slightly younger. It also another RH shot, something we were lacking.

Offensively it's probably a wash. Very similar numbers last season for both players, Ryder off to a better start this year.

Oh and Bruce Garrioch...actually had a legit trade rumor that came to fruition.

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