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07-31-2013, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by OneSharpMarble View Post
Signing a player who never wanted to be here when he had another option is never smart, especially one who brings as little as briere.

This team had need of a powerforward like cole for over a decade, we finally get him and he is traded at the first drop in production.
You're right, I was IN LOVE with 2011-2012 Cole.

Let's not forget, though, that he's at the age where players decline, the lockout affected each player differently, Cole mentioning he might retire, Cole mentioning he had to think about his children's schooling in Canada vs US, and the fact that he didn't improve in Dallas.

I loved the first year of Cole's contract, and would have wanted him to stay had there been any chance that he would play this way again. I seriously think there is less than 10% chances he comes back to his old self now though...

Cole's decline has nothing to do with choosing Briere to "replace him". Cole disappeared, Briere was brought in 6 months later to try and fill a void left by Ryder.

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