Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 2/26/13
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Less than 24 hours after picking up a career-best three assists in a loss at Nashville, the Dallas Stars dealt right wing Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Erik Cole in a swap of veteran forwards. The teams confirmed the trade Tuesday night moments before the Stars played at Columbus. "Erik Cole is a top-six power forward who skates well, adds size, and is under contract for the next two years," Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "We thank Michael Ryder for his contributions and look forward to what Erik will bring to our group." The 34-year-old Cole had three goals and three assists in 19 games for the Canadiens. He won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and has 222 goals and 235 assists in 721 career games. Ryder, 32, had six goals and eight assists in 19 games this season for the Stars. He will be returning to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round (216th overall) of the 1998 draft. He spent the last two years with the Stars and the three before that with Boston.
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