|Assets:||Has great straight-ahead skating ability and work ethic. Hits anything that moves. Plays a gritty, in-your-face style and owns solid scoring instincts. Leads by example on the ice.|
|Flaws:||Over time, his body has broken down due to the punishment that comes with playing a power forward's role. His abrasiveness will continue to be a concern moving forward.|
|Career Potential:||Quality veteran power forward.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2005-06 (Carolina)|
|ECAC||First-Team All-Conference Team||1998-99|
|ECAC||Second-Team All-Conference Team||1999-00|
|NCAA||East Second All-American Team||1998-99|
|2/26/2013||Acquired from the Montreal Canadiens.|
|3/09/2012||Fined $2,500 by the NHL.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens to a four-year contract.|
|3/11/2010||Missed 1 game (illness).|
|3/02/2010||Missed 31 games (upper body injury).|
|12/11/2009||Upper body injury, early January.|
|11/01/2009||Missed 10 games (leg injury).|
|10/04/2009||Leg injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/01/2009||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes to a two-year contract.|
|3/04/2009||Acquired from the Edmonton Oilers.|
|7/01/2008||Acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|2/19/2008||Missed 1 game (flu).|
|11/23/2007||Missed 4 games (cervical injury).|
|11/14/2007||Cervical injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/27/2007||Missed 4 games (foot injury).|
|10/20/2007||Foot injury, day-to-day.|
|3/09/2007||Missed 7 games (hip injury).|
|2/20/2007||Hip injury, early March.|
|2/17/2007||Missed 3 games (hip injury).|
|2/09/2007||Hip injury, day-to-day.|
|2/01/2007||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|1/30/2007||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|7/05/2006||Re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes to a three-year contract.|
|6/17/2006||Missed the last 22 games of the regular season and the first 23 games of the 2005-06 playoffs (vertebrae).|
|3/05/2006||Vertebrae, remainder of the regular season.|
|3/04/2006||Arm injury, left Saturday's game.|
|11/19/2005||Foot injury, left Saturday's game (didn't miss any games).|
|10/07/2005||Back injury, left Friday's game (didn't miss any games).|
|8/12/2005||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Carolina Hurricanes to a one-year contract.|
|10/24/2004||NHL lockout: Signed with the Eisbaren Berlin of the Deutsche Liga (Germany).|
|7/26/2004||Re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes to a one-year contract.|
|7/16/2004||Filed for salary arbitration.|
|3/25/2004||Missed 1 game (hamstring).|
|11/12/2003||Missed 1 game (hyperextended elbow).|
|11/09/2003||Hyperextended elbow, day-to-day.|
|11/08/2003||Hyperextended elbow, left Saturday's game.|
|8/13/2003||Re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|4/06/2003||Missed the last 19 games of the regular season (broken bone in left leg).|
|1/31/2003||Broken bone in left leg, remainder of the regular season.|
|1/30/2003||Broken bone in left leg, left Thursday's game.|
|9/21/2000||Assigned to Cincinnati (IHL).|
|2/26/2013||Montreal Canadiens traded Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick in 2013.|
|7/01/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Montreal Canadiens.|
|3/04/2009||In a three-way trade: Los Angeles Kings traded Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2nd round selection in 2009 to the Carolina Hurricanes for Justin Williams. Then Carolina traded Patrick O'Sullivan and a 2nd round selection in 2009 to the Edmonton Oilers for Erik Cole and a 5th round selection in 2009.|
|7/01/2008||Edmonton Oilers traded Joni Pitkanen to the Carolina Hurricanes fro Erik Cole.|
|6/27/1998||Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd round (71st overall) in 1998.|
Erik Cole records an assist Thursday | 04/26/2013 9:56 AM
NewsErik Cole had an assist on Thursday.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram
ImpactCole has just nine goals and 13 points in 46 games this season. The trade from Montreal to Dallas wasn't enough to spark him as he's recorded seven points in 27 contests with the Stars.
Erik Cole scores a power-play goal Thursday | 04/19/2013 9:59 AM
NewsErik Cole netted a power-play goal on Thursday.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram
ImpactFrom a fantasy perspective, Cole's 2013 campaign has been a disaster. Even after Thursday's showing, he has just six goals and no assists in 23 games with the Stars. He also recorded six points in 19 games prior to the trade.
Erik Cole scores first in a Dallas uniform | 03/04/2013 8:59 AM
NewsErik Cole scored his first goal in a Dallas uniform since getting traded earlier in the week.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram
ImpactCole was dealt from the Canadiens in exchange for Michael Ryder with Montreal also picking up a third round pick. Cole will give the Stars some goal scoring and grit as the Stars have been missing some of the latter since dealing Steve Ott to Buffalo in the off-season. He is worth a look-see in deep pools.
Erik Cole denies rift between him and Subban | 03/02/2013 3:01 PM
NewsErik Cole denied that he had a feud with former teammate, PK Subban.
Impact"I think that's false," Cole said. "I don't think that P.K. and I were in conflict. If we were, I don't think P.K. would have tried to call my phone when I sent a group text to the guys informing them of the trade, that he'd have reached out to me after the fact." The Montreal Canadiens traded Cole to the Dallas Stars after a disappointing start to his season. Cole's Stars debut wasn't ideal, but the change of scenery still might be what he needs to turn his season around.
Erik Cole's Stars debut isn't inspiring | 03/01/2013 11:11 AM
NewsErik Cole's Stars debut didn't exactly go as planned.
Dallas Morning News
ImpactCole had a minus-two rating and just one shot on goal in 14:58 minutes of playing time. It's the ice time that's the most concerning part as he was averaging 18:32 minutes per game in 2011-12 when he scored 35 goals. Still, he's worth keeping an eye on as he might play a bigger role in the near future.
Dallas to debut Erik Cole on third line | 02/28/2013 4:14 PM
NewsErik Cole will make his Dallas debut Thursday night on the third line with Reilly Smith and Cody Eakin.
Dallas Morning News
Impact"From what I've seen of them, they're in the category of a couple young guys that are playing real good hockey," Cole said. "They're not just guys that are out there to keep the puck out of their own net, they can make plays and have a good skill set to go along with the speed. They can play at a good pace, so it should be good." Cole had three goals and three assists in 19 games with Montreal prior to be traded to Dallas.
Erik Cole gets ready for Dallas Stars' debut | 02/28/2013 10:39 AM
NewsErik Cole is expected to make his Dallas Stars debut on Thursday.
Fort-Worth Star Telegram
ImpactCole had just three goals and six points in 19 games with Montreal this season. The change of scenery might give him a big boost, especially if he's used as a top-six forward as expected. He's not a bad guy to take a chance on if he's available as a free agent.
Stars hoping move helps Erik Cole | 02/27/2013 11:07 AM
NewsThe Dallas Stars are hoping that a change of scenery breaks Erik Cole out of his season-long slump.
Dallas Morning News
Impact"Yes, definitely," Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said. "He's a top-six forward who had 35 goals last season, and we expect him to play at that level." Cole has just three goals and six points in 19 games. It remains to be seen exactly where Cole will fit into the Stars' lineup, but it's a good bet that he'll end up on one of Dallas' top two lines. If Cole's been dumped in your league, now is a good time to grab him on the chance that he gets hot in Dallas.
Canadiens trade Cole to Stars for Ryder | 02/26/2013 7:21 PM
NewsThe Montreal Canadiens traded Erik Cole to the Dallas Stars for Michael Ryder.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactCole has struggled in Montreal this season, with just three goals and six points in 19 games after last season's 61-point campaign. Ryder, meanwhile, has been a solid weapon for the Stars with six goals and 14 points in 19 games. Ryder returns to the city where he played his first four NHL seasons, while Cole will play for his fourth team since 2009.
Two points for Erik Cole in Montreal shutout | 02/23/2013 11:51 PM
NewsRight winger Erik Cole ended a slump Saturday night with a goal and an assist in the Montreal Canadiens' 3-0 shutout of the visiting New York Rangers.
ImpactThe goal was Cole's third of the season. It was the first time he hit the score sheet in 10 games. Cole's assist, on Alex Galchenyuk's third goal of the season, was his third of the season. Lars Eller also chipped in with his second goal of the season.
Cole to skate with Eller and Galchenyuk | 02/23/2013 11:23 AM
NewsThe return of Brendan Gallagher to the lineup will mean that Erik Cole will drop down a line and skate alongside Lars Eller and Alex Galchenyuk.
ImpactHopefully this will get Cole going. He has not produced much this season (two goals) and the Habs' coaching staff may be getting a little impatient with him. "We expect more," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said of Cole. "I'm not going to hide it and I'm sure he expects more. He's an important player for us. We expect him to bounce back."
Erik Cole logs just over 11 minutes Saturday | 02/11/2013 10:57 AM
NewsErik Cole was limited to just 11:09 minutes on Saturday.
ImpactCole has been cold this season and it might end up temporarily costing him his spot on the Canadiens' top line. He has just two goals and four points in 11 games in 2013.
E. Cole reconsiders early retirement thoughts | 01/16/2013 12:37 PM
NewsErik Cole backtracked on his thoughts of early retirement slightly when asked to clarify his past statement on Tuesday.
Impact"It's just after the season we had last year and then being injured all summer and then having the lockout, it just kind of took my heart out of it a little bit," he said. "But being back here with the guys is obviously gets you excited again about playing." He added that winning games this season would also go a long way to making him want to continue playing. Cole will join David Deshernais and Max Paciorrety on Montreal's top line again this year.
Erik Cole might end his career after season | 01/11/2013 7:08 PM
NewsErik Cole hasn't ruled out the possibility of retiring after the shortened season.
ImpactCole is still under contract with the Montreal Canadiens through 2014-15 and he's still an effective player. However, he's unhappy with the new CBA and enjoyed spending time with his family during the lockout. "I want to have a conversation with the (players association) about some of the escrow stuff and some of the fearsome things in the new CBA," Cole said. "Family-wise it's a transition year with my daughter in school next year and I think it's something to be considered and everybody should consider this when they look at the new CBA, not just the way it affects the group but how it affects you individually."
Erik Cole very disappointed over lockout | 01/11/2013 11:34 AM
NewsErik Cole still harbors some ill feelings about the lockout.
Impact"Personally, it was disappointing," Cole said. "And it just [infuriated] so many people, made everyone so upset, made them grow sick of the entire process. It just did so much more damage to the game than anyone would have wanted or thought would have happened. It's something where you're glad it's over but you're still pretty bitter that it ever happened in the first place." Cole is realistic about assessing the lockout's damage, saying it could be a few years to see what the real result was.
Erik Cole eager to get back to work | 01/10/2013 10:19 AM
NewsErik Cole is healthy and ready for the season to start following the resolution of the labor dispute between the league and its players.
ImpactHe didn't play in Europe for several reasons, but rehabbing a lower-body injury may be the one that most fantasy fans should be interested about. The ailment lingered and required treatment from late April through mid-October, so it's good that the lockout helped him recover. Cole was a bright spot on the team last season in what was a horrible year for the Canadiens. He led the club with 35 goals and finished second with 61 points in 82 games. New coach Michel Therrien won't have long at training camp to implement his system and team philosophy, but Cole is confident that the players can get through it.
|Goals||1||9 times-last:vs. Van||last:Apr 18||3|
|Assists||1||4 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Apr 25||3|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. NYR||last:Feb 23||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||10 times-last:vs. Det||last:Apr 27||6|
|Plus/Minus||3||vs. LA||Apr 9||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||vs. Van||Apr 18||1|
|Power Play Points||1||4 times-last:vs. CBJ||last:Apr 25||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||47 times-last:vs. Det||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||47 times-last:vs. Det||last:Apr 27||0|
|Shots||4||6 times-last:at SJ||last:Apr 23||7|
|Games||82||2 times-last: 2011-12 (Mtl)|
|Points||61||2 times-last: 2011-12 (Mtl)|
|Penalty Minutes||93||2003-04 (Car)|
|Power Play Goals||11||2011-12 (Mtl)|
|Shorthanded Goals||3||2005-06 (Car)|
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