Fantasy Impact: The Dallas Stars have traded Michael Ryder to the Montreal Canadiens for winger Erik Cole. 



The Stars get: A 34 year old off to a slow start, but coming off a 61-point season. Cole has had three seasons in his career in which he tallied between 59 and 61 (his career best) points. He's a two-time 30-goal scorer (35 last year) and he loves to throw checks - pounding his body into opponents 186 times in 2011-12.


The Canadiens get: A 32 year old off to a pretty good start and coming off a 62-point season. Ryder has had three seasons in his career in which he tallied between 58 and 63 (his career best) points. He's a three-time 30-goal scorer (35 last year), but unlike Cole he is reluctant to throw the body around - he had just 86 hits in 2011-12.


To summarize, the Habs get a marginal increase in goal scoring while the Stars add some sandpaper without taking a huge loss in the goal-scoring department. Ryder is a former Hab, so the team gets a boost there because generally a returning player makes a splash.



Fantasy Players Impacted: Unlike last year, Cole hasn't been clicking with David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. You have to think that Ryder will get time on that line to start and the two of them have already been turning things around. This should help matters. Lately, Brendan Gallagher has been on that line, so he will go back to the Lars Eller - Alex Galchenyk line.


Ryder has been playing with Cody Eakin and Antoine Roussel. It has helped Eakin get off to a pretty good start. But Cole will likely play with Derek Roy and Loui Eriksson - great for Cole, but bad for Eakin who will see Reilly Smith slide down to his line.



Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Cole

2. Desharnais



Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Eakin

2. R. Smith






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4horsemen said:

3rd Rounder You missed the 2013 3rd rounder Dallas sent to Montreal along with Ryder. Cole's commitment to the game is not what it used to be and neither is his play. This a slam dunk win for Montreal in my estimation.
February 27, 2013
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jpguy13 said:

Cap trade It's a straight one-season trade. Ryder is a free agent by the end of the year, Cole still has 2 years left at an average of 5 mil. per.

Assuming they don't re-sign Ryder (who'd probably be below the 5 mil mark), with this and the Gomez buyout (and the probable Kaberle buyout...), the habs have cleared 12 mil in salary. Oh, they also got a third rounder too!
February 27, 2013
Votes: +1

Dana Murzyn said:

Dana Murzyn
... How does Ryder not benefit from this? He was playing with who? and who? Now he gets to play with either Patches, Desharnais, Gallager or Galchenyuk. Granted, he's on a new team and that can take some time to get use to, but I think Ryder is in a great position to carry on his solid point production.
February 27, 2013
Votes: +0

niconasr said:

... I don't see why Ryder would slot in with Patches and Desharnais. Gallagher has been great in that spot and I see no reason why Therrien would move him. Ryder will probably slot in with Galchenyuk and Eller for the time being.

After that, things can change.
February 26, 2013
Votes: +1

johnnyimpala said:

Loui I would expect an increase with Eriksson, somewhere closer to his regular pace.
February 26, 2013
Votes: +0

allen5938 said:

... Man Dallas is getting old and I wonde what you can expect from old sandpaper like Morrow and Cole
February 26, 2013
Votes: +1
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