We knew nothing at all until about a half hour ago, when we heard that he had flown back to Raleigh. Then this report from TSN suggests that Cole will be out for upwards of two months.
I've been lurking on the Pens message boards this morning and afternoon. The overwhelming majority of those people are saying things like "Cole set himself up to get crushed", "Cole drove himself into the boards", and this complete asshole who says:
QUOTE(stanleyC @ Mar 5 2006, 12:44 AM)
Cole deserves what he got....he makes Floppa Forsberg look like an angel....can't understand though how 3 guys go after Brooks & only 1 draws a roughing minor?....
Since some of the details have developed, some of the Orpik defenders have changed their tune slightly, but there's still a prevailing "our player did nothing wrong" attitude.
I know that message boards are not the best place to find intellectual discourse, or the presentation of logical, sane ideas, but it really irks me that people are actually trying to blame Cole for that.
What I'm thinking is that the league will slap Orpik with a two game suspension. What I'm hoping is that they decide to send a message that careless, stupid playing like that will not be tolerated. I'm hoping for a double digit games suspension. It's not going to make Cole come back any quicker, but it'll hurt Orpik in the pocketbook and send a message.
More news as it comes.