Habs on Tradecentre (Who do you want at the deadline/in free agency?)
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03-05-2013, 11:44 PM
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The trade was unnecessary and poorly timed. You know the next 2 years of Coles contract is going to be bad do you? Hand me your crystal ball, I bet you were one of the many saying it was a terrible signing in the first place and then he scored 35goals and you vanished right?
Cole is the better player and now wasn't the time to move him and disrupt the team while he is turning his game around. We needed all the physical players we can get and ryder brings none of that.
I don't think we needed to move Cole, I agree with that. I also don't get why Ryder was our target.
But I understand why it was done. This was a clear cap space move, and Bergevin said as he got hired that this turnaround process won't happen overnight. So I think Bergevin is a lot more levelheaded. He figured Cole will decline (that's his gamble, but you a gamble happens in every trade), so moving him, creating cap space for possibly grabbing a bigger UFA this summer is maybe more important to him than do great this year.
We have to wait to see if it really was the best move. If this helps us create room for a guy like Perry, I don't think you'll mind it much.
But I agree, if we just look at the trade now, it doesn't make much sense. We were finally happy to have power forwards on our team.
Bourque being injured doesn't help either.
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