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02-27-2013, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by TheNuge View Post
As a hawks fan I come in peace!

The way I see this,

Erik Cole was basically having a good time with his family this off season and almost was ready for retirement. ( by the sound bites on his interviews )

Micheal Ryder is a massive upgrade over a half hearted Erik Cole, he will be a good fit in your line up, as well as the ability to put up the points and rise to the occasion in big games.

The third round draft pick is like a cherry on top for Montreal in this situation as I'm sure you'll find Cole retiring this upcoming off season.

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You're putting too much weight on the retirement think. That's a CBA thing, IMHO it's completely unrelated to his slow start. If he had 10 gaols already nobody would be bringing it up.

He's a notorious slow starter PLUS they started with no preseason and had an 8 month off season, making it worse.

That being said expecting 35 goals the last 3 years of his contract is probably not realistic either, I think he settles in as a 25-25-50 player based on about 80 games.

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