Monday, April 16, 2012

Erik Cole TTM Success

Fan letter sent September 19, 2011.
3/3 Autographed cards received  April 16, 2012.

Currently with the Montreal Canadiens.

Erik Cole was a fan favorite of Carolina Hurricanes fans for several years until he signed with the Montreal Canadiens last summer as a free agent after the Hurricanes refused to meet his salary demands by July 1.  I was really excited to finally get his autograph in the mail today after waiting almost seven months from the time I sent out the fan letter.  I honestly don't blame him for wanting to move on as I feel the Hurricanes organization probably tried to sign him for less than what he wanted and I am really fed up with Peter Karmanos, Jr., the Hurricanes owner, and Jim Rutherford, the GM, for not signing the right players and not trying to make their team better than it should be.  Anyway, despite the Canadiens not coming close to the playoffs, Cole had a career-high in goals (35) and tied his career best in points (61) this past season.  It looks as though he realized mid-signature on the Fleer card that his current number (72) wouldn't have looked correct on the Hurricanes' card, when his number was 26.

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