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The Dallas Stars won't buy out the final season of Erik Cole's contract.

Cole scored just 16 goals and 29 points in 75 games in 2013-14. We wouldn't bet on the 35-year-old bouncing back next season.

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Sabres coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that Erik Cole was a healthy scratch and not an injured player on Monday.

Cole logged 10:11 minutes in Game 2 on Friday. The 35-year-old forward has declined steeply over the last couple of seasons after recording 61 points in 2011-2012. We wouldn't count on him bouncing back next season.

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Erik Cole might be a healthy scratch on Monday in Game 3.

He did not skate in a regular shift with the Stars' 12 forwards and stayed out a little later during the session. Coach Lindy Ruff didn't tip his hand about his lineup. He was asked why Cole stayed on the ice longer and he said: "Probably just getting some extra work, I guess. He hasn't played a lot." He saw 10:11 of ice time in Game 2 and 11:10 in Game 1. Chris Mueller may be taking his spot.

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Erik Cole (upper body) returned to action Saturday.

Cole missed seven games with the upper body injury and played 13:22 minutes with 4:27 coming on the power play in a 5-2 win. He was pointless and has 16 goals and 29 points in 61 games this season. Put him back in your lineup if you normally would.

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Erik Cole (upper body) will travel with the Stars, but he isn't expected to play Tuesday night.

"He's going to join us on the road trip," coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's still day to day, but he's progressing." Cole has already missed five games due to an upper-body injury.

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It doesn't sound like Erik Cole (upper body) will be available to play on Friday or Saturday.

"We're hopeful that we get past these (next) two games, but the longer it goes without practice and exercising, the tougher it is going to be for him to get back in immediately," coach Lindy Ruff said of Cole's status. "And if he gets in immediately, how effective can he be without practice time?" Cole has already missed two games with an upper-body injury and he didn't take part in Thursday's session.

Erik Cole RW DAL 4 Months

Erik Cole missed Saturday's game with an upper-body injury.

As a result his streak of 269 consecutive games played came to an end. Cole is listed as day-to-day. He has 16 goals and 29 points in 69 appearances this season.

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Erik Cole, who missed Friday's practice, is still expected to play Saturday afternoon against Ottawa.

We believe it was more of a maintenance day off for Cole than a serious injury situation. That said, we would still look for an alternative for Saturday's matinee.

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Erik Cole potted a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-0 win over Minnesota.

The Stars went 2-for-7 with the man advantage in the contest, with Ray Whitney scoring the other marker. For Cole, it was his 14th goal of the season and his third in his last five games.

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Erik Cole scored two goals (including the game-winner) as the Dallas Stars beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Tuesday.

The American winger had six SOG. Cole now has four goals and one assist for five points in a three-game streak, representing one-quarter of his points (that versus a meager 15 points in 36 contests before this run). He's a judgment call as an add now, but if he can keep this up, Cole is definitely worth considering.