Sunday, March 01, 2015

Red Wings Add Cole

2015 Season Cap Hit
To Detroit POS GP G A P 2015 2016
Erik Cole F 57 18 15 33 $4.5 mil UFA
2015 3rd Round Draft Pick
To Dallas POS GP G A P 2015 2016
Mattias Backman D 0 0 0 0 $718k $718k
Mattas Janmark-Nylen F 0 0 0 0 Unsigned
2015 2nd Round Draft Pick

The Detroit Red Wings assessed their needs in the melee that was the day before the deadline and saw a number of big names come off the list.  With the injuries that they have at hand, they decided to see if they can make some improvements for a possible playoff run this year, acquiring Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars in a deal that saw futures go in the other direction.

In Cole, the Red Wings shore up their goal scoring this season, as Cole is on the verge of another 20-goal season.  He has been pretty good for the Stars this year in a supporting role, but with the losses of Johan Franzen and even Henrik Zetterberg of late, the Red Wings may lean upon Cole for a little bit more than just a supporting role down the stretch.

The Red Wings didn't give up a great deal, especially with a pick coming back the other way in this one.  It sounds like the two prospects that went were unlikely to crack the roster any time soon, so a fresh start with a different club could be good for them.

ImplicationsIn the main pool, Stacey C. snagged Cole in the Week Eighteen Waiver Draft and since then, his team has remained in 14th place, only shifting at the end of one week to 13th, but has since dropped back down.  Stacey's team is 16 points out of the top 10 and one of his players gets new life in a playoff-bound city.

Let's not forget about the side bet either, which we'll touch on in the Newsletter tomorrow.  Both players in the side bet were considered to be trade bait for the deadline and now one of them has moved in Cole, now we just wait to see where Chris Stewart ends up.

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