Carolina winger Erik Cole has heard the rumors that he could be reunited with Peter Laviolette _ his coach when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006 _ in a trade with the Flyers.
Cole, 32, is taking it in stride, though he said he enjoyed playing for Laviolette.
Laviolette was “a coach who believed in me as a player and what I could do. His expectations of me, at times, were even higher than my own,” said Cole after the morning skate, one in which the Hurricanes used to prepare for Thursday’s game against the host Flyers. “And sometimes when you have a situation like that, it makes for a good opportunity.”
A potential unrestricted free agent after the season, Cole would not be able to nix a deal. The trade deadline is Feb. 28.
“It’s not like I have a no-trade clause or anything like that,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is a business and this is our job. We’re fortunate to do what we do, but there’s always sort of an underbelly to everything. To move and change cities and change teams is not always the best thing, but it’s not always the worst, either. Things like that, you can’t control and you have to go out and continue to perform.”
Laviolette is high on Cole. So are the Flyers, sources said. The winger has 14 goals and 17 assists while averaging 18:04 per game.
For the moment, Cole said his thoughts are directed toward helping Carolina earn a playoff spot. The Canes are clinging to the eighth and last spot in the crowded East, and he probably won’t be traded unless Carolina falls out of the playoff hunt.
“We’ve got enough on our own plate. As my buddy says, you’ve got to keep your eye on your own bobber,” he said with a laugh.
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Goalie Brian Boucher, being rewarded for his 3-1 win over Dallas Saturday, will start against Carolina. The Flyers are 14-0-3 vs. the Hurricanes since 2006.
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On a personal note, a heartfelt thanks for all the good wishes on my cornea surgery last week. And thanks to the good docs at Wills Eye Hospital.
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