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Erik Cole traded to Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder + 3rd round pick!!
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02-27-2013, 12:41 AM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Losing "size" and "grit". Please, the only thing we're really trading is a player that rushes to the net, for a sniper. Ryder has thrown good body checks, while Cole doesn't really deliver good checks. Cole could fight along the boards, sure, probably better than Ryder, but probably not by much. 2 inches and about 10lbs won't change much for size... It's not as if Cole actually used his size in such ways that helped DD move around.
Neither are great defensively, neither will be used on the PK. They were both used for the offense and the PP.
On a line such as Patch-DD-Ryder, you'll have the power forward in Max, rushing the net. DD being the play maker. And Ryder being the sniper.
This move makes sense for other reasons as well.
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