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Ryder for a lump o’ Cole?

Over my last few posts, you've seen me opine on the idea that Marc Bergevin has yet to "put his stamp" on the team, and to expect a trade sometime soon.

Well, apparently, tonight was sometime soon. And it's a good one. 

Newfoundland, rejoice: Michael Ryder is back where he belongs. Is this a good trade for Montreal? It had been said that Erik Cole's contract was great in year one, ok in year two, not great in year three, and Habs fans would beg for mercy in year four. Well, year four seemed to come quickly - and to be fair, that may be lockout related. Cole had clearly become disinterested, and it showed in both his interviews and his game. Apart from a couple of games, Cole was somnambulting his way through the season, whereas Ryder has 14 points in 19 games, and as a pending free agent is gunning for the net. 

Let's also consider that, having shipped out the Cole contract, Montreal saves significant cap space for another two years. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a good deal. Well played, M. Bergevin. What's next up your sleeve? 

So thank you, Erik Cole. Your contribution was greatly appreciated. You helped David Desharnais out of his shell, and you helped Max Pacioretty turn into a premiere power forward. Good luck in Dallas.

Now, Mr. Ryder, get that number 73 back and get to it. Toronto tomorrow. Montreal's gonna need ya. 

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This trade improves the Habs roster while giving them cap flexibility just when the cap is expected to go down. It’s a great trade that improves the team now and in the future.

Posted by BlackXinu on 02/27/13 at 05:50 AM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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