In the final day before the NHL’s trade deadline, the Detroit Red Wings made a move for additional forward depth in acquiring veteran Erik Cole from the Dallas Stars.
Cole comes to Detroit along with Dallas’ third-round pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in return for prospects Mattias Backman and Mattias Janmark, as well as the Red Wings’ second-round pick. Dallas’ pick will be returned to them if the Red Wings make the Eastern Conference Finals.
Cole, 36, has 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points in 57 games for the Stars this season.
Injuries to Johan Franzen and Darren Helm left the Red Wings short on forwards and would have pressed little-used veteran Daniel Cleary into service.