Originally Posted by Maelstrom21
The Ryder for Cole deal is very intriguing. I've always been a fan of Cole's grit and Ryder can simply put the puck in the net. Craig Button on TSN said that there was some tension between Cole and PK Subban which I was totally unaware of. Dallas will be a team to watch at the trade deadline when they decide whether they are loading up to make it or if they decide to move some guys. Stephane Robidas is a real valuable guy who I saw in the rumors on some hockey dirtsheets. There's always Jaromir Jagr, too.
A big part of the deal is the mere fact that Erik Cole didn't want to be in Montreal anymore, apparently. Something with his family or along those lines. He didn't want to be there anymore and his play on-ice was very inconsistent this season, so it's a better deal. It also opens up salary cap space for the Habs this summer with Ryder's contract coming to an end.