The Montreal Canadiens have signed winger Erik Cole to a four-year, $4.5 million per season deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m leery of the years of this deal (three would’ve been better) and Cole does have an injury history, but they did need a physical forward with scoring ability. Hopefully he can mesh well with Tomas Plekanec, or rejuvenate Scott Gomez.  The Habs needed to get bigger up front, and if they’d passed on Cole, they would’ve been criticized big time.