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02-21-2013, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by swimmer77 View Post
Never was a fan of players who "start slow". Why do they start "slow"?

Back to Cole............leave, retire if you're not into it. Now. I don't see the speed and drive he had.
Cole's play has been improving slightly. It has gone from bad to slightly poor. My guess is, he had no motivation to stay in top shape during the prolonged off-season which really hurts his style of play... mainly speed and some strength. Now that he is back with the boys, he is enjoying the game again, the camaderie, the wins, etc. but it's going to take him more time at his age to get back into game shape, perhaps not even by the end of the season.

Bourque was out of shape last season and couldn't recover until this year so it's very possible that Cole will have an off-year, doesn't mean he wants to retire anymore.

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