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02-26-2013, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Charon View Post
I don't know how I feel about this trade...

When you look at what each of them brings to the table, the things that stand out are...

- Cole is faster, hits more, doesn't float around the perimeter as often, and is usually a lot harder on the puck.

- Ryder has a better shot and he has been having a better year so far in terms of offensive production.

Overall, I think that we become an easier team to play against. Ryder is slower, smaller, and softer on the puck. But he does bring his scoring touch.

Mind you, Bergevin and Therrien have been preaching that it's important to have players with "character" to become tougher to play against as a team. Maybe, in their assessment, Ryder fits that mould better than Cole, at least right now.
Problem is Cole wasn't hitting this year and was floating. He's also one dimensional. The guy has the same move. He can't stickhandle and can't pass. I'd rather Ryder on the PP than him. If he's not crashing the net, he's virtually useless. Then there's that extra 2 years at 4.5M. I'm glad we bailed now rather than later....which is something Gauthier and Gainey would have done.

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