The Canucks have made their intentions known for Ian Cole's re-signing

Cooper Godin
May 23, 2024  (11:58)

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Ian Cole.
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Last summer, the Vancouver Canucks went out into the free agent market searching for help on defense and ended up signing a pair of key blueliners including Ian Cole to a -one-year deal

The Canucks viewed Ian Cole's experience as very valuable to this roster and he knows what it takes to win, hoisting the Stanley Cup in back-to-back years, 2016 & 2017, with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Part of playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is sacrificing your body and playing through injuries and that's exactly what Ian Cole did this year to try and help the Canucks win their first championship in franchise history. Ultimately, the Canucks fell to the Edmonton Oilers in seven games in the second round.
According to Thomas Drance and Rick Dhaliwal, Ian Cole sustained a cut to his ankle following a collision with Evander Kane in Game 2 of their second round series. They added that Cole needed stitches and he had to take a lot longer to prepare for each game in the remainder of the season.
"In Game 2 of that second-round series, Cole collided with Evander Kane and cut his ankle. The cut required stitches, and required Cole to put in a ton of extra time preparing for each game and impacted his mobility in the series."

Drance and Dhaliwal also mentioned that they're not convinced that bringing Ian Cole back next season is a big priority as Patrik Allvin has bigger free agents to worry about that are in need of new contracts.
"There's tremendous respect for Cole off of Griffith's Way, but we're not convinced that extending him will be a significant priority given all of the other balls the Canucks have in the air." Drance & Dhaliwal said.

This season for the Canucks, Cole appeared in 78 games where he had 11 points (two goals, nine assists), 61 penalty minutes and was a plus-ten. He went on to add two assists in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
It's understandable why the Canucks are unlikely to bring back Ian Cole for the 2024-25 season. They need to focus on contracts for Nikita Zadorov and Filip Hronek, among others. If they get to free agency on July 1st and are still looking for a veteran defenceman, they could always circle back to Ian Cole, if he's interested or turn their attention elsewhere for a cheap third pairing option.
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