The purpose of the trade obviously was not to get an upgrade over Ryder. Though if that’s what the Stars were going for, then it’d probably be a disappointing move, given how quiet Cole has been in his brief time with the team.
Ryder is off to a fantastic start with the Habs, with nine points in eight games up in Montreal. That comes after he posted a solid 14 points in 19 games with the Stars prior to being traded. Cole hasn’t had such luck in his time with the Stars, with just one point in six games.
That lone point comes after he had just six in 19 with the Canadiens. Coming off of a 61 point campaign in 2011-2012, which included 35 goals, this silence from Cole is a bit unnerving.
Part of the reason that the Stars acquired Cole wasn’t so much for the short term impact. Many believe it signaled the eventual departure of Brendan Morrow, who will either be traded or leave during the summer. With two years left on his deal after this season, Cole is a similar type player that will take his place nicely.
It should only be a matter of time before we see Erik Cole return to his regular form with the Stars. It may just be a matter of finding his comfort zone in Dallas. Those in Dallas are probably that will come sooner, rather than later.