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Canadiens' Erik Cole may retire due to new CBA

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09:11 AM ET 01.12 | Will this be Erik Cole's last season in the NHL? Pat Hickey reports that the Canadiens winger, speaking to the media Friday in Brossard, said family considerations and unhappiness over the new collective bargaining agreement will force him to review his situation at the end of the season. "I enjoyed my time at home and the kids are in school here until the end of June and we'll reevaluate things after that," said Cole, who first raised the prospect of early retirement in October. "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. 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." Cole touched on one of the key issues in the lockout when he noted players won't receive the full value of their contracts with the players' share of hockey-related revenue dropping from 57 per cent to 50 per cent. Cole is in the second year of a four-year deal with an annual cap hit of $4.5 million.

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January 12, 2013  09:30 AM ET

PSA

At noon EST Burkie has a live presser on TSN. It should be worth a laugh or two.

Alert to parents with small children....he may or may not be sober by then. :-)

January 12, 2013  09:32 AM ET

And as for Eric....I'll believe it when I see it.

January 12, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Waaah Waah I am so hard done by, I only make 4.5 mill a year. Give me a break It is much worse in football with no guaranteed contracts, be thankful for what you have you snob

January 12, 2013  09:50 AM ET



And for my American friends that enjoyed the above Burkie can also be found on TSN.ca at noon.

January 12, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Not much credibility, that threat.

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January 12, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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And as for Eric....I'll believe it when I see it.

Really. Going to throw away 9M being he's in the second year of 4.5 a year. Sounds like he just wants to renegotiate .

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January 12, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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Really. Going to throw away 9M being he's in the second year of 4.5 a year. Sounds like he just wants to renegotiate .

Ed Zachary. I thought it was only politicians caught plonking their interns that wanted to "spend more time with family."

January 12, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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I don't effing get it. Why is he having a damn press conference? Can't we just be free of his whiskey-scented grasp?!

As far as I know Danny he's still on payroll as an advisor. Whatever the **** that means.

"Sorry Burkie you really screwed everything up and you're fired. And by the way how about staying around as an advisor?"

January 12, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Hey, Eric! We're going to miss you soooo much! Hockey will never be the same without you!!

NOT!!!

Have a good life!

January 12, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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Hey, Eric! We're going to miss you soooo much! Hockey will never be the same without you!!

NOT!!!

Have a good life!

Morning Roamer. Thanks for the "view" and what the hell is going on with your weather? Is everybody leaving their doors and windows open and heating Michigan?

January 12, 2013  10:45 AM ET

cole you suck, come work in the real world...

January 12, 2013  10:57 AM ET

Well the Habs should be happy. Free up money.

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January 12, 2013  11:33 AM ET
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Fixed.

Davey Boy may have "the moves" but he's still working on "the look."

 
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