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Changing Matt Cooke

from Rachel Brady and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Matt Cooke is spending part of his days as a suspended NHL player in front of a video screen, with Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma or one of his assistants, Tony Granato or Todd Reirden.

There, Cooke sits and watches the dirty hits that brought the outrage of the hockey world down on him last month.

The idea, Penguins general manager Ray Shero said, is to bring back a changed man when Cooke returns from his latest suspension that covered the final 10 games of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs. Pittsburgh leads the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first-round series three games to one, with a chance to close it out Saturday (CBC, noon ET). If the Pens advance, he could be back in action as early as next week.

“The coaches say [to Cooke] you have to be careful with this, be more conscious of this,” Shero said. “I think he wants to change the way things happen for him.”


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SolidTG7's avatar

I’ll believe it when i see it.

Posted by SolidTG7 on 04/23/11 at 10:53 AM ET


Kind of sounds like A Clockwork Orange.

Posted by Wizard of Corsica on 04/23/11 at 12:48 PM ET


Perhaps Evilpens can “intimate” with Matt Cooke?


Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 04/23/11 at 01:02 PM ET

Gabriel's avatar

They’re showing Matt Cooke videos of dirty hits all day long? Did they hire the guy who mops up the booths at the adult bookstore to clean up afterwards?

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 04/23/11 at 01:38 PM ET

cs6687's avatar

Cooke has to be bored from killing babies, burning villages, stealing from the poor, voting Republican, and all the other evil things people say he does. He’ll change.

Posted by cs6687 on 04/23/11 at 03:44 PM ET


He’ll change.

Of course he will.  THIS will be the one that sticks…


Posted by Garth on 04/23/11 at 06:53 PM ET

goon's avatar

Oh course he will change, his profession after his next act of random stupidity.

Posted by goon from Grand Forks, ND on 04/24/11 at 04:06 AM ET

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