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02-20-2013, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Captain Smurf View Post
I dunno, the vibe I get from him is that he's just out of shape. The lockout has not been kind to him. He gets these spurts of vintage Cole, but he spends stretches just gliding and he doesn't have the same edge he had the last couple of years.

He's a notorious slow starter and I feel like he let his training slip a little during the lockout when he was enjoying spending time with the family. Can't say I've seen enough to conclude its anything more serious than that.
It's not necessarily letting his training slip, it's also starting the season with no preseason. Budaj is a perfect example, he struggled(and got little help) the first 2 starts then finds his groove. Cole is a slow starter to begin with then you take away preseason, makes it even worse. The guys doing well for us right now are mostly guys that have played in Europe, AHL or Junior.

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