Cole’s contract ends in July 2015 and Galchenyuk, Gallagher and Eller need to play. Ryder gives us room for manoeuvre from a cap perspective and the 2013 draft seems to be a good one in terms of prospects’ quality and depth.
"In other words, while the Canadiens would never admit it, I think they saw a diminishing asset and needed to find a way to move it without hurting the team’s chances this season."
I like that quote. This is not an easy thing to do but Bergevin pulled off. Plus the 3rd as icing. Just an all around smart move.
This makes tomorrow game even MORE interesting than it promised to be as well!
I don't love it, I don't hate it. The cap savings are a major benefit and Ryder is a decent player, but I hate losing one of the few guys we have who like to go in front of the net. I have no doubt that this is a good move for our future, but I'm not so sure we're a better team today.
Does anyone know if there's a rule against changing jersey numbers mid-season? I just bought a #73 Gallagher jersey and I'll be really annoyed if he gives it to Ryder.
I would be quite mad if I were you and he does change numbers. But you could always have the name badge swapped to Ryder?
Good riddance Erik Cole I say !! Never liked him...
He did good last season, but the team finished at the bottom of the league so with or without Cole, it would've been the same.
I didn't like his attitude at the beginning of the season with the retirement thingy. Apparently, according to RDS, Cole was a bad influence in the locker room. I wouldn't be surprise if it turn out to be true... The guy was already gone in his mind.
Marc Bergevin shipped him out of this town as soon as he saw the deteriated situation.
Don't forget. This is not Marc Bergevin's team. He inherited these players. He's going to want to mold the team in his image. This is only the beginning. In the next year we're going to see the exodus of a lot more players (ex. Gionta, Markov, Bourque, etc..)
Don't get the negative views of this trade. Cole has been up and down all season, has not been producing, has 2 more years at $4.5M. Ryder is a UFA after this season, has 14 pts in 18 games this year and knows what it takes to play in Montreal. Add the 3rd rounder coming to Montreal and I see only win-win on this one.