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Erik Cole traded to Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder + 3rd round pick!!
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02-27-2013, 07:33 AM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Still having a hard time consuming this trade, but I am slowly starting to come around. I totally understand why they shipped out Cole if MB felt there was severe diminishing returns for the value he (Cole) commands, in that regard it's a great deal to get Ryder who has similar production. My dillema seems to be with the illusion of Cole more than Cole himself. I liked the sound of Cole on our team and what he could bring to our lineup with his game. But that was the "Cole of old", hard to believe there was a harsh drop off so quickly but he hasn't been the same player. I was not expecting 35 goals out of him, but I was expecting more intangibles like hard play and effort. None of that was really evident outside of small occasions. I wasn't a huge Ryder backer in his first go around, so it remains to be seen how this trade works out on the ice, but off the ice (salary wise) it's a huge win. Gonna refrain from judgement of this deal until we see what happens. I am optimistic and am hoping for the best!
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