"I enjoyed my time at home (during the lockout) and the kids are in school here until the end of June and we'll re-evaluate things after that," Cole told the Gazette.
"I want to have a conversation with the (NHLPA) about some of the escrow stuff and some of things that are a little fearsome about the new CBA. Family-wise, it's a transition year with my daughter (starting high school) next year, and I think it's something to be considered and everybody should consider this when they look at the new CBA, not just the way it affects the entire group but how it affects you individually."
Cole, who first raised concerns in October, has already received close to half of the $18 million he signed for, according to the Gazette, and has two-years left on his contract beyond this season.
The 34-year-old native of Oswego, New York, scored a career-high 35 goals with the Habs last season, adding 26 assists for a career-tying best of 61 points.