Canucks reportedly set to end relationship with Stanley Cup champion defenseman

Graham Montgomery
June 6, 2024  (10:22 PM)

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Ian Cole doing an interview with Sportsnet, explaining why he signed with the Canucks
Photo credit: Sportsnet

According to Rick Dhaliwal, the Vancouver Canucks will not be re-signing defenseman Ian Cole this summer.

The Canucks only just signed Cole last summer, inking him to a one-year, three million dollar contract. He played reasonably well in the regular season, tallying 2 goals and 11 points in 78 games, largely playing a number 4 role.
Ian Cole, signed 1x$3M by VAN, is a physical defensive defenceman and penalty killer who put up very nice results on Tampa's second pair this season. Takes a lot of penalties. #Canucks
Things did fall apart somewhat in the playoffs for Cole though. The 34-year-old got into all 13 of the team's game and recorded 2 assists. However, he was a -3 rating and Rick Tocchet clearly did not trust him very much, as he saw a big decrease in his ice time. He averaged nearly two minutes less of ice time per game in the playoffs. It appears that his performance was not good enough for the team to make a serious offer at re-signing him. According to Rick Dhaliwal, the team did talk with the player about a possible extension, but it sounds like those negotiations did not get very far.
"It looks like he is going to hit the free agent market after some contract talks that couldn't find common ground.."

@DhaliwalSports on Ian Cole heading to July 1st and his season with the #Canucks
To be fair, at this point in his career, it likely doesn't really matter if the Canucks re-sign Cole or not. He's more or less an average bottom-pair defender who takes a lot of penalties. Many Canucks fans are ready to see him go.
My take on Cole,if he didn't have an injury during the playoffs by all means let him go.He made brutal mistakes
Of course, this does mean the Canucks have another hole to fill in on defense. With Nikita Zadorov also appearing to test free agency, Vancouver's blueline could look very different next year. Be sure to stay tuned over the summer to see how it shakes out.