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Cooke gets off easy

Posted on: February 9, 2011 5:35 pm

Apparently Matt Cooke doesn’t realize that you lie low right after you’ve gotten away with something.

And in that case, what is a four-game suspension for bulldozing someone into the glass from behind going to mean for him? Especially after he got away with an equally dangerous play on one of the league’s top Stars a few days earlier.

Obviously it doesn't matter to Cooke that the league is more concerned than ever with protecting its athletes from unnecessary risks. It isn’t going to get him to change the way he plays, which is dangerous at best and dirty at worst. Why should it when so many in the hockeysphere are condemning him for ramming Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin into the glass from behind and at the same time saying they’d take Cooke on their team.

Some are even saying that Tyutin may be partially to blame for putting himself in a vulnerable position. A position that encouraged Cooke to leave his skates and launch into the defenseman. Right.

Cooke will be hit in the pocket book for nearly six figures in lost wages, which is some justice for him avoiding punishment for a knee-on-knee against Alex Ovechkin’s Capitals. And the suspension will hurt his Pittsburgh Penguins, because however distasteful his style, Cooke contributes in an important role for Pittsburgh as a penalty killer, checker and occasional scorer. The elements are even more important now for the Penguins with both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin out of the lineup.

Cooke though wasn’t thinking about that when he launched into Tyutin.  And neither do others who play ‘close the edge’ when they do things like that. The price to pay is tolerable. Truth is Cooke should have been skating on eggshells after getting away with the Ovechkin hit, but after escaping unscathed from putting Marc Savard’s career in jeopardy with a blindside hit last March, he must have figured he was untouchable.

So it’s hard to imagine this forced sit-down make him more cautious.  Other than the timing, it seems like a slap on the wrist, certainly compared to the three games Anton Volchenkov of the Devils received a few minutes earlier for an elbow to the head of Carolina’s Zach Boychuk.  But Volchenov has no priors, while Cooke has a long rap sheet.

On NHL Radio, Jeremy Roenick was among those calling for Cooke to get a heavy suspension for being a repeat offender.  Roenick though 20 games would be about right to send a message – for Cooke as repeat offender. Maybe that would get his attention. Nothing else seems to.


Category: NHL

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 7:38 am

Cooke gets off easy

You must have missed the part where Cooke extends his knee out right at the end. Watch it again. Then consider the source.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:51 pm

Cooke gets off easy

Flufwood: Do they have schools in Pittsburgh? Or are other people less ignorant than you? The level of intelligence you display in this question explains your other posts -- and how you could possibly be a Penguins fan.

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:39 pm

Cooke gets off easy

They have hockey in Oregon? Is Oregon a state of the Union or South? I can't remember.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:52 pm

Cooke gets off easy

Here's hoping Cookie Monster doesn't do anything too stupid against the Blackhawks on the 20th.
The next day he better borrow Linda Blair's Exorcist head swivel when the Caps come to town.
But don't worry Pens fans, it will all be skate-to-skate just like all of Cooke's hits. 
Ovechkin's hit on Gonchar? Their skates must have 'wound up together'. Crosby wandering into Steckel's path "The Player should know he's coming and make sure he keeps his numbers turned towards him", just like Dan Blysma said. [If Steckel had seen Crosby, perhaps he was just trying to see if Crosby was still trying to grow a caterpillar mustache.]
And speaking of Blysma, what a poseur. He comes across as this nice family guy on HBO when his team is on a roll while Boudreau comes across a little goofy. But as soon as the Pens start losing Mr. Charm is defending Chris Pronger Sean Avery Matt Cooke with feeble excuses. But then, you have to wonder about a guy who not only refers to the opponents by their Jersey numbers but his own players too.
Yes, Ovechkin's hit on Gonchar was dirty and yes the Pens won the cup recently, but what have you done for me lately.
I'll take the Caps with their genuine personalities and down-to-earth real coach.

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:25 pm

Cooke gets off easy

Dude watch the tape on Steckel/Crosby.  Steckel was heading off the ice and Crosby stopped and turned as Steckel went by.  Plus Steckel has no HISTORY where Cooke has plenty.  Crosby took a vicious hit after the Steckel hit so to put him being out from that only is pathetic.  Cooke is dirty.  Everyone knows it.  His actions support the label.  He was staring at Tyutins number for a couple of seconds ans still chose to make the hit.  Then, in typical Cooke style just like the knee to knee hit on Ovechkin, he puts his hands out and says "what?" as if he is clueless as to what just happened.  He is a punk!

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:09 am

Cooke gets off easy

Are you serious?  Steckle and Crysby were both leaving the ice.  It was a matter of crossing paths.
Cooke is a piece of crap head hunter.  He took a cheap shot in the Caps game the other day as well.  When someone challenged him later in the game he skated away.  Typical!
This post is your typical Pennsyltucky fan who's still upset from the Super Bowl.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:39 am

Cooke gets off easy

What are you talking about Goldstien -- it was skate-to-skate. What is even funnier is that Matt Cooke cut everyone's shoelaces on the other team before the game. What a great guy! What a jokester! I can't figure out why the Capitals ever traded such a classy character.

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:20 am

Cooke gets off easy

This is typical Pittsburgh bias.

Cooke gees suspended for a hit where the player needs to know where he is....AGAINST THE BOARDS AND GLASS!!! Notice your surrounding a little bit more huh?? On the other hand Crosby gets decked with a forearm on open ice while skating towards a play, and Steckel nails him. He's been out over a month. No penalty or suspension.

Same goes for the Steelers and Big Ben's illegal hits against but Harrison is so dirty right?

Pathetic. Commish Goodell and Bettman manage under their own perrogatives.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:59 am

Cooke gets off easy

And by the way Roenick needs to remember that the game is far different than when he played. Had that Steckel hit happened to his teammate he would have been the first guy over the boards pounding Steckel's into oblivion and would have probably gotten a 10 minute misconduct for his troubles.

The is no more justice system among players, just a few a$$ clowns watching videos at the league office and determining the fates. So maybe Cooke sees the unpunished cheap shots on Crosby this year and says "two can play that game."

Maybe Cooke remembers the cheapest most blatant knee to knee hit in the past 10 years - the one Ovechkin put on Gonchar knocking him out of our playoff series for 3 games - go unpunished and said hey it must be legal to go knee on knee with Ovechkin.

Cooke should have been called for charging - he left his skates, but Tyutin turned his back to Cooke before the hit making the boarding look that much more dangerous. Watch the play and you'll see Cooke line up to hit him in his left side, but Tyutin turned his back before contact and got planted for his efforts. Cooke should have left his skates - at which point there was no going back - and it was a legit charge/boarding, but don't act like he went into the corner and said I going to cheap shot this guy and plant his face into the boards.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:46 am

Cooke gets off easy

#1 - Ovechkin got off easy when he went knee to knee with Gonchar that was 10x more blatant than Cookes hit on him

#2 - Steckel blindsided Crosby, with a shoulder to the head when the puck was 75+ feet away. Hedman boarded Crosby, but instead of hitting him in the back ala Cooke on Federtutin, he gave Crosby a forearm shiver to the back of the head and sent him face first into the boards. Let me know when either of those guys get their suspensions and I'll agree with you that Cooke is dirty....

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