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Slumping Cole texts Habs teammates: ‘I plan on being better’

Feb 11, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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Mired in a three game losing streak and losers in four of six, the Montreal Canadiens need to get better efforts from a number of players — none more than Erik Cole.

The veteran forward has just 2G-2A-4PTS through 11 games this year. Given his veteran presence and big-money contract (four years, $18 million), much more is expected of Cole, and he addressed those expectations by texting his teammates following Saturday’s 6-0 drubbing against Toronto.

“Every team’s going to go through some tough times this year, and we’re in one right now,” Cole explained. “It’s up to us to get ourselves out of it.

“I told them that I plan on being better and being part of the solution. I think, judging by the responses, that it was good.”

Apparently Cole sent the message via a group chat he created during the lockout, to keep them up to date with CBA negotiations and all the cool stuff he found on Groupon.

As for him being “part of the solution” — well, it sounds as though he’ll be solving stuff (temporarily) without usual linemates David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty.

The trio was split up at Monday’s practice. Brandon Prust skated with Desharnais and Cole while Pacioretty played with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher.

“We gave those guys a lot of chances,” head coach Michel Therrien said of the Cole-Desharnais-Pacioretty line. “We spoke to those guys and they know where we’re [coming from].”

  1. buckyblackhawk - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    I wonder what the old time players think of this; texting teammates about not playing well and twitter.

    • ballistictrajectory - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

      They can only be contacted via rotary phones or telegraph. I thnk Milt Schmidt still uses signal towers on hilltops.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Worked for Lemiux –

      http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/ron-cook/lemieux-text-message-lifts-players-345831/

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        @hockeywithdrawal

        Amazing article, just read it for the first time. It makes me wana put the skates on!

        From a sharks fan too ;)

    • ironyisadeadscene - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Was thinking the same thing. Whatever happened to addressing this in front of teammates during a meeting or practice.

      Wonder if he used hashtag #suckingbad and ended with TTYL

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        LOL
        :)

  2. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Feb 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    I call shenanigans on this one. Man up and tell the team in the room.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Totally agree

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    He plans? Oh he plans does he? Good for him……… Cool

    What a d-bag

  4. hockeyflow33 - Feb 11, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Like we need another reason to think the Canadiens are filled with db’s

  5. beachrover - Feb 12, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Different team, same Cole. He always plays “Lights Out” the first & last year of his contract. Exact reason the Canes didn’t re-sign him.

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