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 Posted: Tue Feb 26th, 2013 11:02 pm
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Another trade today involving Montreal and Dallas.


he Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars in exchange for forward Michael Ryder and a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

The trade returns Ryder to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round (216th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

Canadiens netminder Carey Price tweeted out to his former teammate shortly after hearing the news.

"Salut Erik. Gonna miss ya brother," Price wrote.

The 32-year-old Ryder spent the past two seasons with the Stars, regestering 41 goals and 35 assists with a plus- 21 rating through 101 games.

Prior to joining the Stars, the native of Bonavista, Newfoundland, spent three seasons with the Boston Bruins.

Cole, 34, has played for the Canadiens the past two seasons and posted 38 goals and 29 assists with a plus- 12 rating through 101 games. Prior to his time in Montreal, the Oswego, New York, native played for the Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers.

Cole was drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round (71st overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

"Erik Cole is a top-six, power forward who skates well, adds size, and is under contract for the next two years," said Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "We thank Michael Ryder for his contributions and look forward to what Erik will bring to our group."

Cole has two years remanding on his current contract with a $4.5 million cap hit, while Ryder is in the last year of his deal with a $3.5 million cap hit.