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“I always went for the big hit. Whenever I had a chance to hit, I tried to make it as impactful as I could, trying to stay within the rules. The problem with that is there are a lot of situations during that game where that approach didn’t allow for much room for error and in a hurry, things can go bad. That’s only been proven more and more the more I watch video, the more I watch other games, the more I watch other players.”

-Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  More from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun.

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No amount of backpoeddling, justification, or coming to jesus will make up for Cooke’s blatant disregard for the safety of his fellow players.  His hit on Savard was the most overt attempt to deliver a devastating injury I have seen.  He zeroed in on him, aimed directly for his head and delivered a blow he knew full well would cause injury.  And while he hasn’t done anything as blatant before or since, he has had several other incidents that could be construed as intent to injure.  No philosophy change will make up for the damage he has done, and the fact that he continues to be allowed to play the game, as well as the fact that he wasn’t suspended, is a testament to the lack of care the league has for its athletes.

Posted by Hootinani on 09/17/11 at 06:31 PM ET

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His hit on Savard was the most overt attempt to deliver a devastating injury I have seen.  He zeroed in on him, aimed directly for his head and delivered a blow he knew full well would cause injury.  And while he hasn’t done anything as blatant before or since, he has had several other incidents that could be construed as intent to injure.

I don’t buy Cooke’s come to Jesus bit either, but this is pretty hyberbolic and wrong,

First off, the Savard hit wasn’t even ‘the most overt attempt to deliver a devastating injury’ when it came to (what would eventually later be classified as) rule 48 hits that occurred that year, let alone ‘the most overt attempt to deliver a devastating injury’ on any play ever. Cooke, himself, put a more blatantly dirty hit like the one he put on Savard on Anisimov a few months earlier (Savard had the puck and got hit with a shoulder, Anisimov, in a similar position, didn’t have the puck and caught a random, flying elbow for no reason).

Second, while the Savard hit is Cooke’s most-noteworthy bull**** move, mostly for the fact that the victim was both prominent and permanently injured on the dirty play, Cooke’s done worse (anisimov, in particular) and has many more blatant instances where he was clearly and without a doubt trying to injure somebody (knee on knee with Ovechkin, slewfoot on cole, about a billion intentional knee on knee hits when he was a canuck).

Third, as frequent as Cooke offends, he’s never done something so heinous and shockingly violent that it ends up on CNN (see Gillies, Boulerice, Simon and Bertuzzi). The Savard hit’s ugly and Cooke deserved a 30 game suspension -rule against the hit or not, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not break-a-stick-over-an-unsuspecting-kesler’s-head-and-try-and-fight-him-while-he’s-unconscious bad. Heck, look up Colby Armstrong hits on youtube, He claimed the careers of Letowski and Kapannen on the same exact hit, also wrecking letowski’s face in the process, something that Savard, mercifully, was spared.

Posted by steviesteve on 09/17/11 at 08:06 PM ET

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Sorry Cooke, there is never an excuse for having your elbows up like that.  Especially when it happens again, and again, and again,

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 09/18/11 at 02:41 PM ET

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