banner
Ken Medlin

Cole and 'Canes both needed deal

Posted July 1, 2009

The Carolina Hurricanes needed Erik Cole, but Cole may have needed the ‘Canes even more.

One day before the free-agent deadline, it appeared the two parties were on their way to a split. Negotiations were breaking down and Jim Rutherford was dropping hints that Carolina was moving on without Cole.

Then both sides blinked.

Erik Cole may never again be the goal-scoring machine he seemed on the path to becoming before Brooks Orpik’s infamous hit left Cole with a truly frightening neck injury.

But one thing is for certain: Cole was a much better player when he rejoined the Canes than he ever was in his half-season with Edmonton. And the Hurricanes were exponentially better with Cole in their lineup, as evidenced by their 12-3-2 record after reacquiring Cole.

Some players just “fit” with certain teams. Erik Cole “fits” the Hurricanes, and the ‘Canes seem to “fit” him.

Cole’s drop in production warranted his drop in salary – from $4 million last season to $2.8 million next season. No doubt that was a bitter pill to swallow. Let’s face it, no one – rich or poor – ever wants to take a pay cut. But in the end, Cole and the ‘Canes found a price point which satisfied both.

And both are better served for it...

1 Comment

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jul 1, 9:13 p.m.

    I'm happy and relieved to see #26 returning to the Canes. It's a win-win situation, and both sides seem pleased with the decision. Good to see JR is true to his word in trying to keep as much of the team intact as possible. Let's Go Canes!

  • NFL: San Diego at Denver

    Tonight at 8:25 on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos

    Tonight at 8:25 on 620am

  • NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Calgary Flames

    Tonight at 8:30 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
UCONN
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
IND
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
CAR
 
Final
KAN 7
SFG 2
Final
ORL 89
HOU 90
Final
BOS 100
BRK 86
Final
NYK 103
WAS 100
Final
MEM 96
CLE 92
Final
MIL 91
MIN 110
Final
SAN 107
ATL 117
Final
LAL 94
POR 86
Final
LAC 108
PHO 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
IND
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
ECU
UCONN
8:00pm Tonight
VT
MIAMI
7:00pm Wednesday
OTT 0
TOR 0
Final
PIT 3
PHI 5
Final
EDM 3
WAS 2
Final
ANA 4
BUF 1
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
NYI
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
PIT
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
ARI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
VAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
CAR
 
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
BUF
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
CLB
 
8:25pm Tonight
DEN
SDC