Cole traded to Wild by Avalanche for Pateryn

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Ian Cole was traded to the Minnesota Wild by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday for Greg Pateryn.

Cole, a 31-year-old defenseman who scored 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) in 65 games with the Avalanche last season, has no points in two games this season. He is in the final season of a three-year contract he signed with Colorado on July 1, 2018 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (No. 18) of the 2007 NHL Draft, Cole has scored 138 points (26 goals, 112 assists) in 543 regular-season games with the Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Blues. He has scored 24 points (one goal, 23 assists) in 89 Stanley Cup Playoff games and won the Cup with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017.

Pateryn, a 30-year-old defenseman, has two assists in three games this season. He is in the final season of a three-year contract he signed with Minnesota on July 1, 2018 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

“Greg is a strong, veteran defenseman who plays a heavy game,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. “He’s a hard-nosed, competitive player who can kill penalties, block shots and brings some additional grit to our back line.”

Selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (the No. 128) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Pateryn has scored 41 points (four goals, 37 assists) in 270 regular-season games with the Wild, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens and three assists in three playoff games.

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