Always liked Ryder I always thought we should have resigned him. After one bad season he was let go another one of Gainey's brilliant moves letting go of stars for nothing. Cole was most likely going to retire after this season and was coasting out there I like this move.
I remember Carbo benching him during the playoffs and it pissed me off.
I loved Cole. I know he had a very very slow start. But he was starting to rev up the gears now. On the other hand, Ryder has been producing more points, isn't as expensive as Cole and his contract ends after this season. Meaning, we can go hard on acquiring a good UFA. Though Cole is faster and more physical. Just weird to see Ryder again after how his last season with us went. You know, the paper air planes and all...
Habs think that Cole is about to be done. And they get rid of that salary. And they get a fine player who's contract will end at the end of the year. A guy that if he wants another contract...will have to be very good.