Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/18/14
In the early stages of Tuesday's game at Columbus, the Dallas Stars sent out a press release saying that veteran winger Michael Ryder had been traded to Montreal with a second-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for fellow experienced forward Erik Cole. At least initially, hearing news of the trade of the man who now formerly wore No. 73 for the Stars in Ryder, who actually started his NHL career with the Canadiens, where he was a teammate of now fellow former Star Mike Ribeiro, was a bit jarring. Maybe it's because "Ryds" had picked up this season right where he left off last season, when he set a career-high with 35 goals to lead the Stars and was a key cog in the Dallas offense. Ryder, who occupied a spot in the top six from the moment he was signed as a free agent in the 2011 offseason, was clearly a guy that Stars second-year head coach Glen Gulutzan loved to death as a player but also as a great veteran presence in the room. The Newfoundland native had a quie...
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