Feb 3, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Erik Cole (72) skates against the Colorado Avalanche during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Avalanche defeat the Stars 3-2 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Detroit Red Wings have finally now made a move before the NHL trade deadline. According to sources.
So who is Erik Cole? Cole is a 36-year-old left-wing who has been in Dallas for the past three seasons. Before he was a Star, he had time as a Montreal Canadien, Carolina Hurricane and an Edmonton Oiler. This season he has 33 points, 18 goals and 15 assists all in 57 games on the season.
What did the Detroit Red Wings give up? Well this is what the trade will look like.
The Red Wings get the left winger Cole while the Dallas Stars get prospects Mattias Backman and Mattias Janmark. Also draft picks were traded between the two. Dallas got a 2nd-rounder in this years draft and the Red Wings got the Stars 3rd-rounder for the same draft.
After days of wondering if the Red Wings would actually make a trade, they finally did and while it wasn’t for the expected players many thought they might go after, Cole isn’t a bad pick up for the team. Cole is a big left-wing who can push around most players on the ice. He can also be great protection for players such as Zetterberg and Datsyuk who bigger teams like to go after. Also adding Cole adds to the already put together veteran pack that the Red Wings have.
The trade-off isn’t bad, the team didn’t have to give up players like Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco or even younger prospects like Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha.
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To get basically any of the other players that were on the market giving up young prospects is what the Red Wings were looking at and one rule all fans have learned about over the years is this team doesn’t give up their prospects easily.
Cole is a skilled player who can be very helpful to the Red Wings as they march their way to the playoffs for more than likely their 25th straight season. However the only thing is that Cole is in the last year of his contract and becomes a free agent at the end of the season. So essentially he is a rental player. Yet for now, let’s not worry about that because all this team should be focusing on is the rest of the season and going into the playoff hot.
What do you think of this trade? Was it smart by the Red Wings? Did they give up too much? Did they get a deal? Let us know below and stay connected to Detroit Jock City for all your Detroit Red Wings news.