« J'ai vraiment aimé passer du temps à la maison, a-t-il indiqué à l'issue de l'entraînement de vendredi, à Brossard. Mes enfants sont à l'école ici jusqu'en juin, on réévaluera ensuite. Je dois reparler à l'Association des joueurs au sujet de l'argent que l'on laisse en fiducie et de mes autres craintes sur la convention, et je prendrai une décision. »
Même si son syndicat et la LNH ont fait la paix (les joueurs ont jusqu'à samedi matin pour ratifier le contrat de travail), Cole demeure sceptique sur la nouvelle entente.
« Tout le monde devrait y penser [à se retirer] en regardant la convention, a-t-il dit. Plusieurs joueurs ont signé des contrats et n'obtiendront peut-être pas ce qu'ils auraient dû obtenir quand ils l'ont signé. »
- He liked spending time at home. He'll re-evaluate after his kids' school year ends in June.
- He needs to talk to the PA about how much $ he must put in escrow and other concerns he has about this CBA, then he'll make a decision.
- Then he comes up with a bizarre ''everyone will think of retiring after seeing this CBA'' quote. Lots of players may not get 100% of their money and such.
Still seems like a stretch to me, he's really going to leave the 8 M in actual cash left on his deal after this season on the table?
With his cap added to Gomez and Kaberle, we're looking at $16M+ available to sign or trade for 2 REALLY good players to take their places. A real power forward or centre and a shut down defensman would do the Habs a world of good. Cole was great last year but I doubt he will repeat it and he's getting up there in age.
Some people don't give much importance to money... Especially when they're already millionaires and want to spend time with their family.
He can pretty much do whatever he wants.
Marc the Habs Fan Moderator: posted some of what he said today, he place a lot of importance on money.
I don't really hate on players like some fans do, because they are paid "too much already" because I don't excatly believe that, but I just doubt he walks away from 8M, even if he gives some back because of escrow, he'll still be leaving a ton of money.
Whatever. He was a bright spot amidst the dismality that was last season, but obviously he's not exactly a future cornerstone or anything. If he's bitter, or complacent, and especially if any of that spills over into his on-ice performance, then great, retire, we can spend the cap space elsewhere. No biggie either way, I'd say. I don't want some grumpy old man infecting our youth movement or stirring up resentment in the lockerroom.