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I have it from unconfirmed sources that Erik Cole is in the area and asst coaching his kids and others in the Hurricanes youth organization, and is unofficially retired.

 

He has retired. This article is from April.

 

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nhl/red-wings/2015/04/08/detroit-red-wings-erik-cole/25468711/

 

Erik Cole has gone from focusing on playing with the Detroit Red Wings to worrying about playing with his kids.

He is done with the former, for good, after a hit two weeks ago left him fearful of his motor skills.

Cole revealed Wednesday that he has a spinal cord contusion severe enough doctors have cautioned him not to play again this spring.

"It stems back from my neck injury in 2006," Cole said. "When I ran into the player in the Arizona game, I bruised my spinal cord. A spinal contusion is something that you have to let heal and obviously, it's a pretty serious occurrence. Doctors feel I need to look out for my well-being as a person, not just as a hockey player."

Cole informed his teammates of his situation earlier in the week, after spending Easter weekend with his family at their home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"Obviously it's hard for him," coach Mike Babcock said. "Very emotional. But he's got kids and you've got to make life decisions. Any time you love doing something and it's taken away from you, it's hard to deal with."

The Wings acquired, Cole, 36, at the trade deadline from Dallas, attracted by his 6-foot-2 size and hard-nosed play (since he won't meet the games-played threshold, the Wings get Dallas' third-round pick draft pick in return). Cole had three goals and three assists in 11 games before getting hurt March 24. He actually was eyeing March 31 as a possible return when a phone call put that game - and all others - on permanent hold.

"Doctors feel right now, there's just a little bit too much risk for me to be playing," Cole said. "I was looking forward to being a part of the playoff run here and helping this team make a run to the Cup, and I'm not going to be able to do that."

Cole sounded resigned to being done with hockey, though he plans to stick around the Wings for now.

"When you have a contusion like that," he said, "it will affect your nerves and it can affect your motor function, you can be a bit clumsy even just sending a text message or something like that. Right now, it's just about being a healthy individual and worrying about my future and being able to play with my kids."

Edited by hopper915

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Yeah, I knew about that article, there has been no press since that time period, and speculation here and there about "we should try and get Eriik Cole" from a few teams.

 

I was just sharing that I heard secondhand about a kid locally who was/is actually being coached by him.

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I had heard the same thing about him assisting with some of the youth hockey players/teams.

I think everyone knew after his injury in 2006 that he was pretty much living on borrowed time in terms of his playing career.

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Dobby waived  NBC Sports

 

On Monday, TSN reported the Ducks waived veteran goalie Anton Khudobin, ending the uncomfortable situation of having three netminders — Khudobin, John Gibson and Frederik Andersen — on the active roster.

 

 

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3 goalie scenario never works and Gibson wasn't going back to AHL. So many like Khudobin. Will be interesting to see who claims him.

 

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He'd have been alright if he had a shock collar that went off when he ventured too far away from the goal.

 

 

Yeah, i do remember some instances.  Still thought he deserved more chances, but Mo.  Things went well for a while once he was reacquainted with Laviolette, anyway.

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Craig Adams, two-time Stanley Cup champion, retires

Adams played over 1,000 games in the NHL between regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. He won the Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes and again in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also played for the Chicago Blackhawks.

 

Adams finished his career playing 70 games with the Penguins last season. He had 55 goals and 160 points in 951 regular-season games, and seven goals and 12 points in 106 playoff games.

 

 

He was a solid hockey player and loved to watch him play. A good penalty killer.

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Craig Adams, two-time Stanley Cup champion, retires

 

He was a solid hockey player and loved to watch him play. A good penalty killer.

 

 

I liked watching him when I was in Raleigh back in the early 2000s. Good defensive forward, and I loved his opportunism on the PK. 7 of his 55 career regular-season goals were short-handed.

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I liked watching him when I was in Raleigh back in the early 2000s. Good defensive forward, and I loved his opportunism on the PK. 7 of his 55 career regular-season goals were short-handed.

 

I really miss that 06 team

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Brandon Sutter is having a tough year

 

 

 

He took a shot to the face from a puck

 

If Eric were traded away, he would be someone I would not mind seeing back in a Canes sweater. Could be our 2-3 line center depending on how this shake out.

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Good for Leights..

 

AHL Communications ‏@AHLPR 15h15 hours ago

Michael Leighton @goicehogs has set an #AHL record with his 46th career shutout, passing Johnny Bower

 

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NBC sports  Ex-NHLers Bellemore, Collins sign with KHL’s Chinese club

HC Kunlun Red Star, the Beijing-based expansion team that will begin playing in the KHL next season, has added a pair of former NHLers.

 

Brett Bellemore, a veteran of over 100 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes, have agreed to join the club

 

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Wiz gets a chance

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a professional tryout according to James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail

 

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