Erik Cole’s agent confirmed that he’d like to test free agency.
“Erik wants to see what the options are on July 1st,” Bartlett said via email. “That is in no way a slam on the Hurricanes or his appreciation of the role they have played in his career. He has never really explored free agency in his career and feels that he is at the age when it makes sense to see all offers before deciding on what he wants to do.”
I'd be cool with Cole if he is cheap. At $3 mil plus I'd pass. Not sure what he's asking for or will be offered but if he said a dime more than $3 mil I'd tell him to go pound sand. I'm on phone right now so can't look it up, but if they signed Cole for $3 mil does that effectively rule out Leino?
capgeek has his hit at 2.9 last year...does anyone really think he will get any more than that? I think he could be signed for 2.5.
heres my fantasy world
CAPGEEK.COM CAP CALCULATOR
Scott Hartnell ($4.200m) / Daniel Briere ($6.500m) / Ville Leino ($3.000m)
Jakub Voracek ($2.250m) / Claude Giroux ($3.750m) / James Van Riemsdyk ($1.654m)
Erik Cole ($2.500m) / Brayden Schenn ($3.110m) / Kris Versteeg ($3.083m)
Wayne Simmonds ($1.225m) / Blair Betts ($0.700m) / Andreas Nodl ($0.845m)
Tom Sestito ($0.550m)
Kimmo Timonen ($6.333m) / Chris Pronger ($4.921m)
Andrej Meszaros ($4.000m) / Matt Carle ($3.437m)
Braydon Coburn ($3.200m) / Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)
Ilya Bryzgalov ($5.666m) / Sergei Bobrovsky ($1.750m)
CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $64,276,428; BONUSES: $3,815,000
CAP SPACE (21-man roster): $23,572
With the lack of forward talent available, and the increase in the cap, Cole might be able to get much more than $3m. I doubt he's coming here for at or under $3m, but if he is it probably won't happen until he's sat around for a few days without any good offers.