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...
The contract was too long for the money. I knew it would be a problem, I'm just glad we had a GM with some foresight to get rid of him now rather than wait.
If Cole was traded because of locker-room unity, then it's a good move. But like I said, Cole brings more of a need that really can't be replaced right now. The size-speed combo makes him hard to play against. He was starting to heat up and looked good with Galchenyuk and Eller.
I guess MB is just trying to free up some cap space for this summer. Won't have to use the Amnesty buyout on Cole, will be able to let Ryder go in free agency, (or resign him) and use the buyout on Kaberle.