Thread: Speculation: Cole want return a Cane?
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01-12-2013, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Plan The Parade View Post
Erik Cole mentions that he may be considering an early retirement.

He has made his home in Raleigh, and is has mentioned multiple times that he wants to live here after retirement. I am sure that he would be willing to play here if asked.

To: Montreal
Danny Biega

To: Carolina
Erik Cole

With Montreal absorbing 33% of the cap hit.
Let me point out a few things:
  1. Cole talking retirement has nothing to do with Montreal as he stated loving playing there. It's based on his frustration with Bettman (see Puck Bettman hats) and the lockout.
  2. If Montreal was to trade him, it would take more than a prospect and a pick to get him. Cole is a mentor for Pacioretty and produces like the PF the Habs need him to be.
  3. Montreal needs to shed some major salary in order to get under the cap for next year. There is no way that they trade anyone and keep cap hit, especially not for a couple of years.

I understand that Cole is popular in Carolina (and rightfully so), but this is a pipe dream at best. The Habs would need similar value in a trade, if they are going to part ways with Cole which is very, very unlikely.

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