The 24-year-old Cole was a first-round draft pick in 2007 but was used sparingly, appearing in 15 games and none after March 16. He's played in parts of three seasons.
The 27-year-old Cracknell became a regular on the checking line at the end of the season and played in five of six playoff games. In 20 regular-season games, 12 of them in the final month, he had two goals and four assists with a plus-3 rating.
It's not just going to happen on its own. We have to have guys commit to the areas we need to improve on. We're going to be better than last year but there is still a long way to go. But I really like the pieces and where we're headed.
— Sabres forward Tyler Ennis on the progress of Buffalo's rebuilding process