Dallas Stars right wing Michael Ryder was having a pretty good year for the Stars. He had six goals and eight assists, one of the team leaders in points. The Stars saw an opportunity to use Ryder’s good season to get better this year and in future years by trading him to the Montreal Canadiens along with a third round pick for right ring Erik Cole.
Ryder was due to hit the free agency market this year and Cole has two more years remaining on his contract. Rather than go through the process of trying to get a new deal done, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk elected to go after a player that will be around for at least a couple of years and add more size, something the Dallas Stars need when going against the teams in the Western Conference.
Cole has three goals and three assists so far this year, and he is relatively young when compared to the Dallas Stars roster. He’s only 34 years old, a young pup in the eyes of Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2001 and that is the team he has spent the majority of his career with. He also played for the Edmonton Oilers for a year and the Canadiens the last two years. All said, Cole has played 721 games and almost has just as many goals as he does assists (222 goals, 235 assists).
Nieuwendyk seems to have a vision with what this team needs and he hasn’t been afraid to go out and make those deals. The Stars are 10-8-2, good for 22 points, currently sitting sixth in the Western Conference. The veterans that the Stars have will definitely be an asset come playoff time. It will take a little time to gel, but the Dallas Stars should be applauded for being aggressive and trying to make this team better. How it all works out though, as Stars fans know, is written in the stars.