Bergevin expects trade to produce instant dividends
In the NHL salary cap world, money talks as much as talent does when it comes to trading players. But Habs' GM Marc Bergevin wanted to make one think perfectly clear when he announced that the Canadiens had acquried Michael Ryder from the Dallas Stars for Erik Cole.
"Let me make this clear," said Bergevin. "This player is a player who will help us right away. Nothing against Erik, but this guy will help us in areas that I feel that we need."
Ryder is in his last year of a contract that was paying him $3.5 million per season and stands to become an unrestricted free agent next season. Cole still has another two years left on his deal, after this year, at $4.5 million per season.
Could Bergevin see Ryder in the Canadiens' picture, long term?
"I leave all the doors open. He's younger, he has produced. It gives me flexibility as I move forward, but I don't rule out anything in the case of Michael."
Ryder is with the Stars in Columbus tonight, where Dallas is taking on the Blue Jackets. The Canadiens are trying to get Ryder into Toronto as soon as possible, as they look ahead to taking on the Maple Leafs tomorrow night.