Erik Cole came to Dallas as part of that much-maligned Michael Ryder trade about a month into the season. He was working as a second/third liner in Montreal and took that same role with Dallas, ostensibly replacing Brenden Morrow.
On the ice, Cole had some nice games here and there, but he really failed to impress in his short time with the Stars. He had a bunch of different linemates in his time here, playing with Benn, Jagr, Eriksson, Whitney, Roy, Fiddler and Roussel during his time here.
His more noteworthy contributions weren’t things you would find on a statsheet.
He worked hard to get back on defense, was pretty much the only big body that Dallas could put in front of net and he worked with all the units of the team.
The 34-year-old is signed through the 2014-2015 season, and hopefully he’ll be in a better groove with Dallas next year.
2013 Stats: 28 GP, 6 goals, 1 assist, 7 points, -7 rating, 10 PIM (with Dallas)
19 GP, 3 goals, 3 assists, 6 points, +1 rating, 10 PIM (with Montreal)
Coming into this season, the prevailing thought was that Morrow was pretty much that this was going to be his final year in Dallas. Once the Ryder-for-Cole trade was made, the writing was wall that a Morrow trade would be following soon.
That all came to fruition a week before the trade deadline when he was sent to Pittsburgh (along with a third-round pick) for Joe Morrow and a fifth-round pick.
It was a tough way for the longtime Stars captain to end his career here. He had been a liability in Dallas the past year with his numerous bonehead penalties and severely declining production.
He’d been reduced to a third-line grinder role coming into the year before finding a bit of a rejuvenation playing with Benn and Jagr.
He was on his way to a pretty productive season with Dallas before his trade, and he did very well in his time with the Penguins. I’m hoping Morrow gets his Cup this season with Pittsburgh.
2013 Prediction: 38 GP, 13 goals, 6 assists, 19 points, -4, 48 PIM
2013 Actual Stats: 29 GP, 6 goals, 5 assists, 11 points, -8, 18 PIM (with Dallas)
15 GP, 6 goals, 8 assists, 14 points, +5, 19 PIM (with Pittsburgh)no comments