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Cooke Suspended Four Games

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#NHL news. 4 game suspension for #Pens Matt Cooke.

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TORONTO (February 9, 2011)—Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for four games and will forfeit $87,804.88 for a charging incident involving Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin in NHL game #804 last night, the National Hockey League announced today.

“Two factors were considered in reaching this decision: Cooke delivered a forceful hit from behind on an unsuspecting opponent; also, he is considered a repeat offender under the League’s supplemental discipline rules,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.

Cooke was suspended for two games on Nov. 28, 2009 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

 

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TheFreak's avatar

Finally. Will Cooke get the message?

Posted by TheFreak on 02/09/11 at 03:59 PM ET

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Not long enough.  Two dirty plays in one week - need to send a stronger message.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 04:00 PM ET

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Finally. Will Cooke get the message?
Posted by TheFreak on 02/09/11 at 12:59 PM ET

Hahahahahahaha!!! Never!! It’s ingrained into this brain to argue any call against him, no matter how obvious, in an attempt to look as though he didn’t actually know what he was doing. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”

Good suspension.

Real good player otherwise though.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 04:03 PM ET

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4 games is a precedent now, I hope. As in, next time (before the end of March), hopefully he’ll get more, like the rest of the season. He’s a repeat offender and a danger to other players and just doesn’t seem to give a crap about reforming.

Posted by awould on 02/09/11 at 04:06 PM ET

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I guess Colie left the “4” placard on his Wheel Of Justice uncovered to add an air of suspense.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/09/11 at 04:09 PM ET

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Anyone who still thinks Colin Campbell isn’t an embarrassment to the league, pull your head out of the sand and see what guys like Cooke do to the league - they kill it.

Talented players - not the Matt Cookes of the league - sell tickets, fill seats, and drive revenues. Matt Cooke never hits a player who sees him coming, Matt Cooke is a dirty coward who brings nothing to the game other than an intense desire to see his head separated from his body on the part of every fan of every team wearing Pens sweaters.

4 games is a joke for this guy. Everyone knows it.

Bettman needs to step up and make a statement showing the NHL values talent over crap and over-rule Campbell. A repeat offender like Cooke deserves at least double what that moron Campbell meted out.

Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 04:09 PM ET

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where was all this outrage when steckel took Crosby’s head off?  Oh right right, it was an accidental head shot, thats right.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 04:13 PM ET

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where was all this outrage when steckel took Crosby’s head off?  Oh right right, it was an accidental head shot, thats right.
Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 01:13 PM ET

FINALLY!  Somebody gets it.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/09/11 at 04:14 PM ET

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where was all this outrage when steckel took Crosby’s head off?  Oh right right, it was an accidental head shot, thats right.

Accidental or not, I was pretty surprised that Steckel got nothing. As far as I know, though, he would have been a first time offender. Cooke—on the other hand—has a well-established track record. Hence the outrage.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 02/09/11 at 04:21 PM ET

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Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 01:13 PM ET

Awwwwwwwwww, is somebody sad their “leading goal scorer” just got suspended for 4 games?

FINALLY!  Somebody gets it.

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/09/11 at 01:14 PM ET

Finally?  Really?  As if that hasn’t been said a thousand times before by every Pens fan.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 02/09/11 at 04:23 PM ET

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Matt Cooke never hits a player who sees him coming, Matt Cooke is a dirty coward who brings nothing to the game other than an intense desire to see his head separated from his body on the part of every fan of every team wearing Pens sweaters.
Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 01:09 PM ET

Everything you said minus the bolded part is ridiculous.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 04:25 PM ET

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Accidental or not, I was pretty surprised that Steckel got nothing. As far as I know, though, he would have been a first time offender. Cooke—on the other hand—has a well-established track record. Hence the outrage.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 02/09/11 at 01:21 PM ET

Exactly.  Maybe people believe that Steckel’s hit was accidental because, unlike Cooke, Steckel doesn’t go around trying to end careers every shift.  Cooke has gotten off very easily up to this point in his career, maybe this will set a precedent so that the next time he cowardly tries to kill someone who isn’t looking he’ll get a real suspension.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 02/09/11 at 04:26 PM ET

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”Matt Cooke never hits a player who sees him coming, Matt Cooke is a dirty coward who brings nothing to the game other than an intense desire to see his head separated from his body on the part of every fan of every team wearing Pens sweaters. “
Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 01:09 PM ET

Everything you said minus the bolded part is ridiculous.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 01:25 PM ET

I meant to say “...Matt Cooke is a dirty coward who brings nothing to the game other than an intense desire to see his head separated from his body on the part of every fan of every team NOT wearing Pens sweaters.”

Cooke is scum and you are ridiculous to defend him.

Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 04:29 PM ET

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Cooke signed for 3 years this off-season.  I hope after this contract Shero signs him for another 5.  I love what he brings… hopefully he continues his hard play after these 4 games are over.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 04:32 PM ET

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I don’t think last night’s hit warranted a suspension (let alone more than what Volchenkov got for doing something a lot worse), but I count 15 total games worth of suspensions Cooke should have gotten in his last three games played and didn’t (intentionally targeting the knee, physical abuse of an official), so maybe this is the HockeyOps version of an accumulation knockdown.

Pittsburgh needs to send this guy to a psychiatrist or something. Ever since he started missing practices and games for “family issues” (read marital problems, not like sick kids), he’s been averaging one potentially suspendable play per two games, which is a ton, even for him. It used to be once or twice per year.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/09/11 at 04:34 PM ET

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Cooke signed for 3 years this off-season.  I hope after this contract Shero signs him for another 5.  I love what he brings… hopefully he continues his hard play after these 4 games are over.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 01:32 PM ET

So you honestly think constantly trying to injure players with blindside hits is just good ol’ hockey?  You are the kind of fan the NHL doesn’t need.  Do us all a favor and stop watching hockey and just watch UFC, I think it’s more up your alley.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 02/09/11 at 04:36 PM ET

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where was all this outrage when steckel took Crosby’s head off?  Oh right right, it was an accidental head shot, thats right.
Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 01:13 PM ET

FINALLY!  Somebody gets it.

neither of you get anything.

Steckel didn’t skate 100 feet to hit a player in the back.

Crosby turned into Steckel’s path, while he (Crosby) was skating one direction and looking another.

do I really need to do a screen-cap analysis of that hit for you, too?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 04:40 PM ET

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So you honestly think constantly trying to injure players with blindside hits is just good ol’ hockey?  You are the kind of fan the NHL doesn’t need.  Do us all a favor and stop watching hockey and just watch UFC, I think it’s more up your alley.


hahaha.  Imagine that, a liberal Detroit fan!  I don’t want to see a blood bath, but i also realize hockey is what it is.  When i was a little kid i started watching hockey because of the fights… no denying it.  It is different than all other sports because of the brutality that exists.  My point all along is if you are going to allow head shots like Crosby took (with not even a penalty called), then you are going to have to live with team mates like Cooke flying around trying to make an impact in his own way.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 04:44 PM ET

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Crosby turned into Steckel’s path, while he (Crosby) was skating one direction and looking another.

Crosby was not even moving, what the hell are you talking about?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 04:45 PM ET

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So you honestly think constantly trying to injure players with blindside hits is just good ol’ hockey?  You are the kind of fan the NHL doesn’t need.  Do us all a favor and stop watching hockey and just watch UFC, I think it’s more up your alley.

First off, UFC’s not all that barbaric. I’ve certainly never seen anybody in mixed martial arts take a beating as savage as the ones Mosley and Pacquiao gave to Antonio Margarito.

Secondly, you probably think all Matt Cooke does is blindside people because you don’t watch non-Wing hockey. Well, what you aren’t realizing is that between incidents like this, Cooke is one of the very best third-liners in the league, which can be shown numerically. Work, hands, speed, boardplay, defense, shot-blocking, willingness to go to the net. There are no holes in his game, other than the illegality.

Posted by StevieSteve on 02/09/11 at 04:45 PM ET

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Cooke is scum and you are ridiculous to defend him. “
Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 01:29 PM ET

Take away his dirtiness and he’s an extremely effective player. That’s what I said.

Do you think Gordie Howe hitting anything he can with his practically bare elbows means he wasn’t a good hockey player? Do you think Mark Messier was a poor player because he cross-checked Trevor Linden, who was crawling back to the bench during the Finals after being injured? Take into account all the other dirtiness Messier exhibited, and everybody knows about. Is Ovechkin crap becasue he’s wreckless and dirty at times?

I think not.

Cooke is an extremely effective player. He’s also dirty and cheap.

You’re scum for calling a person scum when you’ve never even met them.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 04:51 PM ET

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While I admit Cooke has some skills (the team I root for has been on the wrong end of it more than once), he is a liability to others and that outweighs any benefits he brings to the table.

Bringing the Steckel/Crosby collision into this is absurd - that was a complete accident and there was no willfullness or intent involved. It would be like suspending both Shanahan and Knuble for the collison they had a few years ago that resulted in a broken face for Knuble and pretty much ended Shanny’s career.

Frankly, I’m much more angry with that blithering moron Campbell than with Cooke.

Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 04:55 PM ET

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Cooke hit and Steckel hit are completely different things and not worthy of discussion as far as this suspension goes.

There has been more talk about Crosby and the continued spate of head injuries over the past couple of weeks than these last few days of talk about Cooke and you want to bitch about the differences?  You have this backward.

This isn’t about OTHER things you find unfair.

This isn’t about how good Cooke is at scoring goals.

The bottom line is that Cooke is a dirty player with a history of dirty plays longer than anybody else in the league currently.  He deserves to get suspended.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:00 PM ET

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Crosby was not even moving, what the hell are you talking about?

Are you blind or just a homer?

Crosby drifted right into Steckel’s path with his head turned the other way. Definitely moving and Steckel wouldn’t have run into him if Crosby hadn’t moved into his path.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUQziwabMKk

Posted by awould on 02/09/11 at 05:02 PM ET

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While I admit Cooke has some skills (the team I root for has been on the wrong end of it more than once), he is a liability to others and that outweighs any benefits he brings to the table.

Why don’t you let Shero weigh the risk/reward ratio.  As a penguin fan, i think Green is a liability more than a benefit to his team… so they should cut him.  Seriously, as a fan of another team, why would you think he is great.  What he brings is appreciated by his own fan base.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 05:02 PM ET

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“You’re scum for calling a person scum when you’ve never even met them.”

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 01:51 PM ET

A little hyperbole here, but…

So I would have to actually meet Jared Loughner, Jeffrey Dahmer, Marc Lepine, and Robert Pickton in order to know they are scum?

Also, it is telling that a guy who defends Cooke can’t make a point without making personal attacks against others’ points of view.

Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 05:04 PM ET

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Crosby drifted right into Steckel’s path with his head turned the other way. Definitely moving and Steckel wouldn’t have run into him if Crosby hadn’t moved into his path.

He was barely moving.  He was almost at a standstill getting ready to move back up ice.  I would agree with your term drifted; however, still no reason to apply a hit to the head.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 05:05 PM ET

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This post has nothing to do with Crosby hit.

A post was created when the hit happened, use that if you wish to talk about that hit.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/09/11 at 05:06 PM ET

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So now instead of completely still, Crosby was “barely moving”.

Get over it, that was incidental contact that helped bring light to a growing issue.

Steckel certainly didn’t have 60 feet worth of skating at Crosby’s head to decide whether or not he wanted to hit him there.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:06 PM ET

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So I would have to actually meet Jared Loughner, Jeffrey Dahmer, Marc Lepine, and Robert Pickton in order to know they are scum?

The fact that you compare these people to a fan “backing up” an NHL athlete (Cooke) is perhaps worthy of a “scum” title… No?

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 05:07 PM ET

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Steckel certainly didn’t have 60 feet worth of skating at Crosby’s head to decide whether or not he wanted to hit him there.

perhaps you are right… but Cooke was engaging someone with the puck… while Crosby had nothing of the sort.  Fault Cooke for playing hard on the puck if you want, but then also fault Steckel for his “accidental” hit to the head of the worlds greatest player away from the puck.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 05:10 PM ET

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So I would have to actually meet Jared Loughner, Jeffrey Dahmer, Marc Lepine, and Robert Pickton in order to know they are scum?

The fact that you compare these people to a fan “backing up” an NHL athlete (Cooke) is perhaps worthy of a “scum” title… No?

Instead of just deciding that you disagree, try reading my post.

1.) I preface the comment with a qualifier that I am employing a bit of hyperbole.
2.) I compare Cooke - not NathanBC (the fan) - to the bad folks.

Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 05:12 PM ET

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Fault Cooke for playing hard on the puck if you want

So THAT’S my option? 

Oh well, ho-hum, All Cooke was doing was playing hard on the puck, nothing to see here.

Ridiculous…

Cooke chased Tyutin’s numbers for 60 feet and had every opportunity in the world to avoid laying a dangerous and illegal check on him.  I’m not faulting him for “playing hard on the puck”, you Uncle Tom, I’m faulting him for dangerously boarding another player in another example of this reckless hooligan’s complete disregard for the rules of hockey or the safety of his fellow players.

Steckel was playing hard to get to the puck.  He didn’t have the benefit of having three seconds to decide whether or not he wanted to try to injure Crosby.

I’m starting to get a little incredulous that you have yet to scream about the Hedman hit on Crosby, which was at least similar to boarding and, at least according to the Penguins, is the reason he’s been sitting out since that game against Hedman’s Lightning.  If you want to use that strawman for an argument about whether Cooke is the most dirty player in the league, have at it.  That will not at all change the fact that Cooke is the most dirty player currently in the NHL.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:15 PM ET

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Okay…so my sarcasm wasn’t identified earlier…

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 02/09/11 at 05:17 PM ET

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“You’re scum for calling a person scum when you’ve never even met them.”
Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 01:51 PM ET
A little hyperbole here…[/i]

...Also, it is telling that a guy who defends Cooke can’t make a point without making personal attacks against others’ points of view. “
Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 02:04 PM ET

So you concede I made a point! Win!

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 05:17 PM ET

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Had Steckel hit someone like, oh lets say Datsyuk or Helm or any Red Wing and put them out for any length of time, the voice of reason would come alive.

Oh great soothsayer, can you tell us what life would be like in the year 2011 had Great Britain won the Revolutionary War or is your talent limited solely to hating on Wings fans?

Anyways, 4 games seems right but Campbell is making an example here, had anyone else in the league hit Tyutin and he got up as fast as he did, would there be a suspension?  Debatable.

How similar are we talking about for situations?  Does this hypothetical “anyone else” have a suspension history a mile long and is he committing his second questionable hit within the span of a week?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:21 PM ET

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That will not at all change the fact that Cooke is the most dirty player currently in the NHL.

Here is hoping he stays a penguin for the next 5-8 years and retires a penguin.  Pittsburgh fans love hard working players that come to compete each night.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 05:22 PM ET

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Let me try my hand at soothsaying and fixing things. 

Had Steckel hit someone like, oh lets say Datsyuk or Helm or any Red Wing and put them out for any length of time, this particular fan would be shouting to the parapets about how it was incidental contact and that Red Wings fans are overly sensitive about clean hits to their players.

There we go… now that’s more realistic.

Here is hoping he stays a penguin for the next 5-8 years and retires a penguin.  Pittsburgh fans love hard working players that come to compete each night.

All fans love hard-working players that come to compete each night.  Don’t confuse that with what else Matt Cooke brings to the table.  I would hate, but begrudingly respect Matt Cooke if he were like Joel Ward in Nashville, who comes to compete each night without laying cheap shots when he gets the chance.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:30 PM ET

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Don’t confuse that with what else Matt Cooke brings to the table.  I would hate, but begrudingly respect Matt Cooke if he were like Joel Ward in Nashville, who comes to compete each night without laying cheap shots when he gets the chance.

Agree to disagree.  Here is hoping the next time the pens play the wings, that Zetterberg and “Dangle” stay away from the boards… or the next time they play the Capitals the two forwards stay away from the entire backside of any play away from the puck.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 02/09/11 at 05:33 PM ET

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Well, if you’re saying that you want Matt Cooke to board star players, then I guess we do have to agree to disagree.  I would prefer to hope that the next time the two teams play, Cooke tries to hit Datsyuk cheaply, but he gets out of the way and Cooke smashes his knee against the boards.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:37 PM ET

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