Really loved Cole. Was a highlight when we signed him. Played great with us. Was a great influence for the team. Had some iffy moments during the lockout. Had a very slow start this season, though he was turning it around. Erik's contract was very risky and potentially too costly.
Still. Liked Cole, thanks for your service and all the help he provided. A class player (such as when he bought Leblanc's parents tickets so they could watch his first game, out of town). I'll miss ya.
Yeah, to me this seems to be about:
1. Opportunity to clear up cap space without killing us.
2. Improves the PP right away.
3. Anything else.
1- we clear cap space to sign another pseudo 2nd rate star cause the big players won't come here
2- we'll see
3- we lose tons of physicality
Thank you, Erik.
When you came here, like most people, I doubted you but you became the first true power forward we ever had.
I'll always remember the high five with the ref. Cole was stellar around that time.
Originally Posted by Coldplay
He was the kind of player we were searching for for years, a power forward who could score...then we unload him a season later.
Cap hit or not I don't give a ****, and I'm biased because I love him, but I don't understand. He was coming around too.
Exactly, he has one bad half season and boom he's thrown under the bus. I know he played on the third line now, but our first two lines don't look too intimidating physically when you take Bourque out. Comes playoff times, it's gonna hurt.
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Cole was so amazing down the stretch last season. Not like it mattered much. But with how sour he seemed about the lockout and all, it pretty much dissolved everything for me. If he waived his NTC, that pretty much proves he wanted out. And I'm all for bidding adieu in that circumstance, for all that he was so amazing last season.
Thats how i see it. He wanted out. His comments, his play, and his willingness to waive his NTC basically solidified that for me. I think the organization likely saw that as well.
His long term dedication to the team was questionable. I think he would have became just as much a distraction if he stuck around.
So we give away a guy that is 6'2" for a guy that is 6'0", I thought we wanted to get bigger? I understand swapping for another right handed shot for the left we have needed more right handed shooters for a while and their point totals semester to be pretty close the past couple seasons, but couldn't we have got someone bigger?
Height isnt that relevant over 6 foot. And its only a 10 pound difference.
Cole was not the same player as last season. Wish him well.