Erik Cole still harbors some ill feelings about the lockout.
"Personally, it was disappointing," Cole said. "And it just [infuriated] so many people, made everyone so upset, made them grow sick of the entire process. It just did so much more damage to the game than anyone would have wanted or thought would have happened. It's something where you're glad it's over but you're still pretty bitter that it ever happened in the first place." Cole is realistic about assessing the lockout's damage, saying it could be a few years to see what the real result was.