Erik Cole thinking about retirement?
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01-13-2013, 09:19 AM
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What am I talking about? You said he looks greedy. If he was greedy he wouldn't leave 8 or 9 million on the table. He would play half-heartedly and collect his money. I hope you understand that subtle distinction but I doubt it. That's one thing.
Another thing, you and a few others on this board know diddly squat about contracts. If Cole retires it doesn't mean he is not respecting his contract. If he leaves the NHL and goes to play in another league THAT is not respecting your contract.
He signed a contract with the Habs. If he plays hockey he has to play with the Habs for the amount of money & number of years they agreed on. THAT doesn't mean he can't retire if he wants. The Habs don't own his life for 4 years.
Now for Cole's contract. A year and half ago he signed with the Habs because they offered him X amount. He sat down with his wife and family and they figured the money was enough to justify moving to another city (hell another country with another language). The league has decided not to respect the contract that Cole and the Habs signed. The lockout was about how much the NHLPA would allow the owners to get away with.
Now that they have an agreement Cole is left with a contract that MAY not be worth as much as the one he signed a year and half ago. He sees making X (what he agreed to) - Y (what the league says they need to roll back). He has all the right in the world to quit if he wants.
Do you get it or are you just another frustrated fan who thinks players are not people but things to entertain him?
I understand what you are saying except that in your first sentence you're saying Cole would leave about 8 or 9 million on the table. But then later you say the contract is not worth as much as was when he signed. So exactly how much would he be "leaving on the table" given that before touching a hockey puck this season officially, he will have collected 8 mil? And to ream out one of your brethren while you are still collecting some money is a bit hypocritical.
I'd be a little disconcerted if this was Cole's plan before he signed the contract with the Habs - not to play out the contract. I understand "retirement" contracts but generally those are given to players who have serviced an organization for a longer period of time than what Cole has served. And this contract is quite generous compared to what he received in previous years so I doubt he was even counting on this chunk of change until Gauthier came along.
Having said all that I can understand why he so publically jumped all over Hamrlik - because Cole evidently was thinking of not playing anyway so why would he want the lockout to end while collecting a paycheck? So now who's being selfish?
Greedy.......IDK like I said he's earning more now than before while being on the downside. Sneaky, that maybe is a better description. But if his intent was to milk the organization then I'd call him greedy.
And Cole has lived in another country before and evidently didn't like it there too much either so there was some experience in that department.
The best thing Cole could do maybe is keep quiet. If he has issues with this, that and the other thing why not keep it to yourself, play a season, re-evaluate, retire if deemed necessary and thank the organization instead of disturbing the peace.
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