For 4.5 million to play for Montreal it's fair market value imo.
Overpayment would be 5+
A good deal would have been 4. It's Montreal though, we need to overpay a little bit. I guess what I'm saying is the contract makes sense for us and I'm looking forward to 4 years of Erik motha ****in' Cole being in our top 6. Now we're set!!
wow! he's old and 4.5 for 4 years is long.. but thats 1st of july for ya. hes exactly what we needed though, and he was a hab killer, so good for joining us! Now we just need a replacement for harmlik, cause im not confident is space is in the top 4.....
The importance of this signing cannot be overstated. Cole is a big time player. He's a big tough physical presence who adds a lot of grit and toughness to our scoring line, and he can put the puck into the net -- 26 goals last season.
Picture a line with Cole and Gionta or Cammalieri, centered by Gomez or Pleks. However you slice it that's a damn potent line brimming with fire power. We don't have any Ovechkins on the team, but we can definately put together a line with a lot of firepower.
It's Montreal - high taxes usually mean we need to offer more to stay on par with other offers. Add to that guys like Joel Ward getting 3 mil, and it's relatively solid. Ignore the main board - they will hate whatever we do.