Cole an Option: Philadelphia Flyers Interested in Carolina’s Erik Cole

January 27th, 2011 by Tom Dougherty Leave a reply »
According to's Tim Panaccio and the Inquirer's Sam Carchidi, the Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Carolina right winger Erik Cole.

Cole carries a $2.9 million cap hit and can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 when his contract with the Hurricanes expires.

The Flyers can afford to add a player with a yearly cap hit around $3 million after placing defenseman Matt Walker ($1.7 million) on waivers Thursday.

At the NHL All-Star break, the Canes are only one point out of a playoff spot. General manager Jim Rutherford will not trade Cole if he feels his team has a chance at the playoffs.

If the Hurricanes fall out of contention between now and the trade deadline, which is one month from tomorrow, the Flyers could make a run at Cole.

How would Cole fit in with the orange and black?

Cole played four seasons under Flyers coach Peter Laviolette when he was the Hurricanes head coach from 2003-08, including when the Canes won the 2006 Stanley Cup.

In 50 games this season, Cole has 13 goals and 15 assists.

Flyers assistant GM John Paddock hinted that Philly ...

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