Erik Cole still remains in timeout. (Photo Credit: Leigh LeClaire)

Take a Seat Saturday: Erik Cole Exit

Take a Seat Saturday is dedicated to sharing the best penalties, you know, those scrums, hooks or slashes that send players to the sin box. I won’t up this morning with a stationary jagged pill in my throat. Call me naïve, but I truly believed Erik Cole would be in a Canes sweater come October. I’m still shocked.

The winger’s quotes plastered all over the media was salt in the wound, “People will say he’s won a Cup and he likes it in Carolina and these things are true but I want to win and I want to be part of something.”

Part of something?! Part of something?! Why I outah..

“I’ve always enjoyed playing in Montreal,” said Cole. “As soon as you set foot in the city, you can feel the excitement.” Dagger meet chest. Clearly, Mr. Cole has already forgotten he comes from the loudest arena in the NHL. His advancing age must be causing memory loss. 

The logical portion of me, small but somewhat functional, declares Cole’s departure as an opportunity for the Canes. It is a chance for younger players to move up and it eliminates a big question…How will Cole produce for the Canes next season?

He had an astounding 2010-11 run with his ironic 26 goals and 26 assists while wearing his #26 jersey. The psychic number freak in me screams, “Number magic glorifying his last remarkable year!”

“It’s a playoff team every year and a team that can vie for the Stanley Cup, so I’m excited,” he told TSN.

{insert temper tantrum here}

I’ll admit, I don’t think Canes are a Cup team this year but certainly a playoff team. Plus, we had the hardware just five years ago. Dang, as Cleveland girl who has NEVER seen her city claim a championship in her lifetime I still consider the Canes recent Cup champs.

Despite the positive possibilities of Cole’s departure, I am putting him in the penalty box until further notice. His penalty isn’t due to wanting more money. Hell, we all want more money. He gets a misconduct for the distasteful way he left his dedicated fans. Perhaps he should use some of that $18 million dished out by the Habs to hire a good PR person.

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