In Erik Cole’s report card, I said that the Stars really hit a gold mine when they picked him up and that he will be a valuable piece in their quest for the Cup, assuming they don’t trade him in the upcoming offseason.
Erik Cole ultimately experienced a hot-and-cold type of season. He truly defined the terms of red hot and ice cold. This meant that he would either be skating like a Crosby (Crosby, chicken, same thing) with his head cut off and not be able to produce a goal or assist, or he would be a man on a mission and be sniping goalies left and right as well as finding teammate’s tape to send one home. Overall, you could basically call Cole’s season a success. Amid the harassment and negations that were spurted from many people, mainly Stars “fans”, towards him, he found a way to prove himself throughout the season and be a valuable producer on the ice. He ended his season with 16 goals and 13 assists.
Erik Cole’s playoff performance was nothing to talk about. After recently coming off an injury in March, Cole never found his true self for the rest of the year. He skated in Games 1 & 2 of the postseason and couldn’t find a way to get anything productive accomplished. So Ruff scratched him for Games 3-5 until Whitney started to tank as well, and ended up giving Whitney’s spot to Cole for Game 6. Cole again didn’t find a way to produce and ended his postseason with 0 goals and 0 assists.
Erik Cole currently has 1 year left on his deal and there’s a reasonably large salary attached to it. But he’s worth every penny, at least in my eyes. He loves to take the puck in by himself and protect it well enough all the way to the net for the shot. He is also the Stars lone offensive enforcer and spends a majority of his time screening in front of the net and getting down and dirty. He will end up being a key to the Stars’ success in the upcoming year, as long as he isn’t traded, but my gut feeling is that he will be gone before October.
But that’s my opinion! Now let’s hear yours! VOTE below on how you think the Stars should handle Erik Cole’s situation in the upcoming offseason: