Riley Cote Would Be Crazy NOT To Retire

August 9th, 2010 by Ronnybrook Leave a reply »

Forecasters predict dandruff accumulations of 6-10 inches across the Delaware Valley as head scratching over Riley Cote's retirement begins.

As reported by multiple sources [Flyers Twitter] [Puck Daddy] [BSH] [Philabright], the Philadelphia Flyers enforcer announced his retirement from professional hockey today at the age of 28, transitioning from a player to an assistant coach with the club's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

Playing just 15 games with the Flyers during the 2009-10 NHL season, Philadelphia's off-season free agency acquisition of enforcer Jodie Shelley all but assured Cote was destined for the Phantoms in 2010-11.

Much of the surprise over today's retirement news is that Cote will arrive in upstate New York as an assistant coach, and not a player.

Personally, I think Cote would be crazy not to retire.

As a former NHL enforcer with some minor star power, it's likely Cote would find himself one of the most popular dance partners in the AHL amongst any kid with balled up fists and a dream of making it to the NHL some day.

That's significant when you take two things into account:
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