When Erik Cole was traded from the Canadiens to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday in exchange for Michael Ryder, the two players weren’t the only ones impacted by the move.
Cole headed to Dallas, while leaving his wife and two children behind in Montreal so the kids can finish the school year and his daughter, who is in Grade 6, can take part in the school play, Annie, in which she plays the important character Daddy Warbucks.
Writes The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs, who spoke with Cole for nearly an hour after the trade: “… a healthy bank account does not tuck Cole’s children in at night or make sure their homework is done. It does not attend the hockey games of his 8-year-old son, Landon. It does not sit down to a family supper, or occupy Cole’s side of the bed beside his wife, Emily.
“A hockey trade is an often cold business decision made for the benefit of the team. For the players involved, it is much more than a change of address or a matter of simply pulling on a different jersey.”
The Canadiens called up forward Gabriel Dumont from the Hamilton Bulldogs Friday night, but coach Michel Therrien said following Saturday’s morning skate that he didn’t expect him to be in the linup against the Pittsburgh Penguins (7 p.m., CBC, RDS, TSN 690 Radio). Dumond leads the Bulldogs with 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 52 games.
Brian Gionta, Francis Bouillon, Michael Ryder and Carey Price skipped the morning skate, but Price is expected to make his sixth straight start in goal. Rene Bourque and Raphael Diaz are still sidelined with concussions.
Tomas Vokoun will start in goal for the Penguins instead of Marc-Andre Fleury and Evgeni Malkin will miss his fourth game with a concussion. Vokoun has a 3-3-0 record with a 3.26 goals-against average and .891 save percentage this season.
RDS will show the third episode of 24CH at 6 p.m. Saturday and it will be repeated at 10:30 p.m.
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