Cole (hip) isn't expected to be ready to return until December, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
It was already clear that Cole wouldn't be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign after undergoing surgery on both of his hips this offseason, but this news confirms that, at a minimum, he'll be sidelined for the first two months of regular-season action. That revelation won't impact many fantasy drafts, as Cole simply doesn't have enough offensive upside to be considered a viable option in most formats, but it represents a big blow to an Avalanche blue line that relied heavily on Cole's defensive responsibility last season.
Cole underwent surgery on both hips and isn't expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
The fact that Cole won't be cleared for the start of the season is a big blow to the Avs, who are also expected to be without Erik Johnson (shoulder). In 71 appearances for Colorado last season, Cole tallied two goals, 13 helpers and 178 blocks. A middling fantasy option, the Ann Arbor native is more valuable in formats that award hits and blocks and likely has a point ceiling in the 15-20 range.
Cole collected a helper, three hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime with against the Sharks in Game 6.
Cole has a respectable five helpers in 11 postseason contests while adding 20 hits and 32 blocked shots. The veteran defenseman may have some appeal in DFS formats for Wednesday's Game 7.
Cole notched an assist, four PIM and three hits in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Sharks in Game 3.
Cole has earned four assists in eight postseason games, adding 14 PIM, 13 hits and 22 blocked shots in that span. The defense-first blueliner shouldn't be expected to produce many points, but his production in non-scoring categories may earn him some fantasy relevance.
Cole registered two assists -- one shorthanded -- and went plus-3 in Monday's 6-2 win over the Flames in Game 3.
Cole also had five blocked shots, four PIM and two hits in the contest. He's not the likeliest source of offense, but with three helpers and 10 blocks in the series so far, he's done plenty to contribute. Cole has 20 points in 65 postseason appearances in his career.
Cole picked up an assist, four blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Saturday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames in Game 2.
Cole's not known for his offense, having picked up 15 points in 71 games this season, but he does play a physical game. He had 107 hits and 178 blocks during the campaign, which likely won't make him fantasy relevant in playoff formats.
Cole posted an empty-net goal and an assist with seven blocks in a 3-1 victory against the Wild on Tuesday.
The veteran defenseman is a block specialist. He has 158 blocks this season, which is the second-most in his career. If Cole averages a little more than four blocks per contest down the stretch, he would surpass his career high in the category. Cole has also excelled in the PIM department with 113 minutes in the sin bin. That's already a career best. As far as scoring goes, Cole has two goals and 14 points in 62 games.
Cole was assessed a match penalty for kneeing the Ducks' Devin Shore in the second period of Sunday's loss.
It wouldn't be a shock if Cole faced a fine and maybe even a suspension for the hit, as it knocked Shore out of the game.
Cole is ready to return following corrective surgery on his orbital bone, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
While Cole remains on injured reserve, it sounds like he'll be removed from that list ahead of Friday night's road game against the Sharks. He'll reportedly continue donning the fishbowl cage for at least the next month. Cole has one goal and nine assists to complement a plus-4 rating through 53 games. Most of his utility comes in the form of blocked shots; he's already accumulated 137 of those this year.
Cole (upper body) was spotted in a non-contact jersey at morning skate Monday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Cole reportedly donned what is referred to as the "fishbowl cage" at the a.m. session, which strongly indicates that he won't be playing in the evening's contest against the Panthers. In fact, the defenseman remains on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Cole's upper-body injury is a fractured orbital bone which will keep him out of the lineup indefinitely, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Cole was injured in a fight with Washington's Tom Wilson on Feb. 7 and has missed the last four games. With no timeline for when the Michigan native might be ready to go, the blueliner should probably be considered week-to-week for the time being.
Cole (upper body) will be out indefinitely, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.
Cole, who missed Saturday's game against the Islanders, was roughed up by Tom Wilson in Thursday's contest against the Capitals. The fear is that he may have sustained a concussion, but that's mere speculation, and all that's known at this juncture is that he's on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Cole registered five blocks, two hits and one shot versus Minnesota on Wednesday.
It was the ninth time this season in which Cole has tallied five or more blocks in a game. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the defender has just one goal on the season, which he recorded back on Nov. 2 versus Vancouver. The Michigan native's lack of offensive touch will limit him to low-end fantasy value even in formats that prioritize defensive stats.
Cole recorded two assists in Thursday's 5-3 win over the Devils.
The two helpers were Cole's second and third assists on the season. Meanwhile, he's yet to score, which isn't all that surprising considering Cole has managed just 20 goals in 412 career contests. While he was effective Thursday, it's probably best to avoid the 29-year-old defenseman unless you happen to find yourself in a deep league with few alternatives.
Cole signed a three-year contract with the Avalanche worth $4.25 million AAV, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Cole finished his second straight 20-point season, playing 67 games between the Blue Jackets and Penguins. The 29-year-old blueliner blocked 116 shots as well, which contributed to his stellar plus-14 rating for the campaign. The high dollar amount signals a top-four role in Colorado.
Cole understands the benefits of becoming an unrestricted free agent -- he can officially hit the open market July 1 -- but the defenseman isn't ruling out a return to Columbus either, The Athletic reports.
"When you're restricted, you're kind of at the whim of whatever team has your rights," Cole said. "The ability to actually make a decision for yourself, rather than be told what to do, is an opportunity many players relish, to finally get to that status." Still, the blueliner with a left shot said he'd be willing to stick around Columbus if the "right offer" came along. Cole added five goals and 15 assists over 67 games between the Penguins and Blue Jackets last season. A proficient shot blocker, he was traded to the Senators last February, only for Ottawa to package him in another deal three days later. Even though Cole is a nice depth defenseman, prospective fantasy owners should wait for his contract situation to shake out before assessing his value to a virtual club.
Cole was fined $5,000 and was not suspended for tripping Vancouver's Brandon Sutter on Saturday.
Cole has been a very strong force for Columbus since being acquired around the trade deadline, scoring a pair of goals with seven total points and a plus-12 rating in 17 games. His Blue Jackets have just three games -- including one against his former team, the Penguins -- left this season and they are still looking to secure their spot in the postseason. Continue using Cole down the stretch as normal.
Cole picked up two assists while adding one shot, three hits, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Rangers.
The 29-year-old has been amazingly productive since coming over to Columbus at the trade deadline, and Cole now has two goals and six points with a plus-9 rating, 19 blocked shots and 13 hits in 12 games for the Jackets. With the club riding a nine-game winning streak, Cole's fantasy floor should remain solid even if his scoring pace slows down over the final weeks of the season.
Cole scored a goal and an assist while adding one shot, two blocked shots, one hit and a plus-1 rating in Monday's 5-2 win over the Canadiens.
It's the 29-year-old's first multi-point game of the season. Cole now has a surprising four points (two goals, two assists) in eight games since joining the Jackets, and while his fantasy ceiling remains modest, he could see a bigger role in the short term if the upper-body injury Seth Jones suffered Monday sidelines him for any length of time.
Cole scored his fourth goal of the season while adding two shots, two PIM, a blocked shot and a plus-1 rating in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Golden Knights.
The goal was his first since being traded to the Blue Jackets, and incredibly enough, three of his four tallies this season have come against Marc-Andre Fleury and the Knights. Cole doesn't have a big fantasy ceiling given his role in Columbus, but he does now have a modest two-game point streak going.
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