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Cooke Suspended Four Games

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

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

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added 3:06pm,

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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“...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 02:37 PM ET

Oh, you can bet Datsyuk would get out of the way, that’s what the great players do. That’s why you don’t see them getting hit often, unless it’s not part of the play, because they’re aware of their surroundings at all times, and understand they’re a target.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 05:41 PM ET

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Not even close chump, I call a spade a spade and actually like the Wings

I didn’t say anything about the Wings, I said Wings fans, for whom you’ve shown a constant disdain.

You blame Wings’ fans inability to look at the play objectively on their opinion differing from yours, but it’s pretty clear that when it comes to discussing Wings fans, you’re as incapable of objectivity as you claim we are. 

There is nothing obvious about that hit on Crosby.  You and I disagree on it, but I can at least admit that there is room to interpret Steckel’s intent.

Chump.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:41 PM ET

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closing the Italics tag. It’s annoying.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/09/11 at 05:51 PM ET

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The worst argument to defend Cooke is that other players hit people. No one does it with the consistency and dirtiness of Cooke on a night in/night out basis. It isn’t there. Only thick homer glasses would make that hard to see.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/09/11 at 05:52 PM ET

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ooke was engaging someone with the puck

no, he wasn’t.  for 99% of the replay, Tyutin did not have the puck.  the 100 feet while Cooke was following him from behind, he did not have the puck.  for a split second between that and when Cooke boarded him from behind, he had the puck.  watch the replay and try to pay attention to what is actually happening.  Tyutin moved the puck IMMEDIATELY to a teammate.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 06:07 PM ET

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Added the official NHL release to the post.

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

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Steckel actually tried NOT to hit Crosby.  he pulled his shoulder in and down to try and avoid it.  Crosby had turned nearly 90 degrees from the direction he was initially skating, and all the while he was looking over his shoulder.

watch :34 to :38

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

sorry Paul.  I can’t help it.  there are some people around here who seem to consistently see what’s not there, or don’t see what is.  I feel the need to try and open their eyes.

now, back to Cooke and Tyutin. 

Cooke chased Tyutin 100 feet before hitting him? check.
Cooke was looking at Tyutin’s numbers the whole time? check.
Tyutin wasn’t even playing the puck when Cooke hit him?  check.
Cooke hit him square in the numbers?  check.
Tyutin was never at any point facing Cooke, nor away from the boards? check.
Cooke had to avoid another player to even get to Tyutin?  check.
Cooke had plenty of other options? check.

but it’s all Tyutin’s fault for playing the puck.  he should expect to get boarded from behind, and just let Cooke have the puck.  wow.

a question for everyone here who isn’t gretzky_to_lemieux…how do you get through to someone so blinded by their own homerism?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 06:15 PM ET

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All Wings fans count as SOME fans, genius.  Don’t pretend now that this was a misunderstanding.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 06:15 PM ET

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I think the suspension time is too light.

With that said, this is said.  Look at all that everyone is talking about is the Cooke hit and the Volchenkov hit.  No one is talking about any great plays from last night.  This is the stuff that makes headlines and gives the NHL a bad name, both in incident and response.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 02/09/11 at 06:19 PM ET

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That should read “with that said, this is sad

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 02/09/11 at 06:19 PM ET

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Look at all that everyone is talking about is the Cooke hit and the Volchenkov hit.  No one is talking about any great plays from last night

I suspect if there was nobody dense enough to defend what Cooke did, there would be little discussion.  this thread would be the initial post by Paul, and a few “wow that was nasty, glad he got suspended” responses…and that would be the end of it.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 06:21 PM ET

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I agree with the suspension, and would be okay with more games, but this isn’t true:
”...delivered a forceful hit from behind on an unsuspecting opponent…”

And the people saying he skated a “100 feet,” or “60 feet,” are obviously wrong.

And to say Tyutin didn’t play the puck? He did, a second before, nowhere near what could constitue a late hit.

COOKE IS MORE TO BLAME BUT THEY ARE BOTH TO BLAME. TYUTIN SET THE TRAP, AND COOKE BIT. DANGEROUS PLAY BY BOTH. THEY BOTH DESERVE NEGATIVE OUTCOMES.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 06:27 PM ET

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Man I love that picture. I might even blow it up and put it above my fireplace.

Posted by Hank1974 on 02/09/11 at 06:34 PM ET

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Forget the suspension; Cooke’s punishment should be getting that pic tattooed on his forehead.

Posted by duncfair on 02/09/11 at 06:37 PM ET

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I agree with the suspension, and would be okay with more games, but this isn’t true:
“...delivered a forceful hit from behind on an unsuspecting opponent…”

what part of that isn’t true?

And the people saying he skated a “100 feet,” or “60 feet,” are obviously wrong.

um, really?  Cooke followed Tyutin FROM BEFORE HE CROSSED THE BLUE LINE.

here is Cooke, following Tyutin:

And to say Tyutin didn’t play the puck? He did, a second before, nowhere near what could constitue a late hit.

never said it was a late hit. never said Tyutin didn’t play the puck.  I said he didn’t HAVE THE PUCK WHEN COOKE HIT HIM.

COOKE IS MORE TO BLAME BUT THEY ARE BOTH TO BLAME. TYUTIN SET THE TRAP, AND COOKE BIT. DANGEROUS PLAY BY BOTH. THEY BOTH DESERVE NEGATIVE OUTCOMES.

this is absolutely asinine.  going to play the puck is “setting the trap?”

please, PLEASE…explain what Tyutin should have done - in your mind.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 06:38 PM ET

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Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 03:38 PM ET

The first part about “unsuspecting player”: Tyutin checked over his shoulder at least twice, looking directly at who was coming at him, as defenseman do when going into the corner, hoping to know what’s coming, and to stay safe.

The picture: Okay, in your interpretation you’re right.
It was a dump-in and Cooke was forechecking - following the puck and the d-man, knowing he was going to make a hit.

never said it was a late hit. never said Tyutin didn’t play the puck.  I said he didn’t HAVE THE PUCK WHEN COOKE HIT HIM. “
Okay. How does that make it worse? Like I said he just released it. no one ever questioned it being late, and by saying “HAVE THE PUCK WHEN COOKE HIT HIM,” you infer that it was late. Why else would you say that about a hit in a hockey game?

this is absolutely asinine.  going to play the puck is “setting the trap?”
There’s a different replay than what Paul has up. It shows Tyutin from the faceoff dot going into the corner. He checks to see who is coming twice, he sees Matt Cooke. Cooke has a history. He then faces the boards instead of doing what a defenseman usually does…

please, PLEASE…explain what Tyutin should have done - in your mind
by turning out of the corner, not facing directly at the boards. That is taught as early as possible. Guys will hit you, and you put yourself in danger by facing the boards. You can absorb a hit much more safely with the side of your body than the top of your head/face/arms.

If you don’t realize that players put themselves in ‘bad’ positions to draw calls, your opinion is asinine.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 07:01 PM ET

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Okay…so my sarcasm wasn’t identified earlier…

Posted by 42jeff from Minot, North Dakota on 02/09/11 at 02:17 PM ET

I smelled what you were cookin’ and aLOLed.

mATT cOOKE, sUSPENDED fOR wHAT?  tHAT hIT wAS tOTALLY cLEAN aND pAUL h8TZ tHA pENZ

 

Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by WingsFanInBeanLand from Where the GM likes his team. on 02/09/11 at 07:02 PM ET

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This is a man on a mission to end the careers of other players.  Who will be the next victim of reckessness until NHL, Inc. Gets serious?

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 02/09/11 at 07:02 PM ET

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Why do people respond to trolls that bring nothing to the table?  I expect better from Wing fans, and I’m not even a fan of the wings.

Cooke got the maximum allowed via phone call, end of story. If Colon Campbell had any intention of using repeat offender status he played his hand when he decided this could be done over the phone.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/09/11 at 07:05 PM ET

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Four games for a hit that did NOT require surgery of a broken jaw replaced with titanium.  AND Cooke’s a repeat offender.

Colie Colie Colie.  You merit your own standup act.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 02/09/11 at 07:18 PM ET

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In my opinion, a well deserved suspension.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 02/09/11 at 07:43 PM ET

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He then faces the boards instead of doing what a defenseman usually does…

please tell us all “what a defenseman usually does.”

this should be good.

by turning out of the corner, not facing directly at the boards

Cooke hit him before he would have had time to do that.  he is a lefty going into the left (of the goalie) corner.  you are basically saying he should have left the puck, not played it at all, and turned around so Cooke could hit him from the front.  this is absolutely asinine.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 07:48 PM ET

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Cooke hit him before he would have had time to do that.
Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 02/09/11 at 04:48 PM ET

Cooke did not hit him before he had time to get out. He was doing a swoop into the corner, and halfway through pulled up short, then Cooke hit him. He could have kept moving. It’s simple, everyone who plays hockey is taught at the earliest age to not turn back and face the boards.

Look, I’m not trying to defend Cooke’s actions.

Turning your back and facing the glass when you know a forechecker is coming is never the right play. Tyutin could have continued his forward motion out of the corner. He would’ve been hit by Cooke shoulder-to-shoulder or not hit at all. It’s a safe play. He chose the dangerous play. Matt Cooke chose the retarded play.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 08:13 PM ET

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I shouldn’t have to explain this, but you never said “some Wings fans”, you said some fans.

All Wings fans counts as a set of some hockey fans.

Also, “most stupidest” is grammatically incorrect.  You may need to know that as you’re studying.

Comparing Kronwall, who has never been suspended, to Matt Cooke is the mostestest stupidestestosityest thing you could possible do.  Niklas Kronwall who has all of ONE major penalty in his six year career.  ONE.

Cooke is not “occasionally” dirty.  He is dirty in every single game.  He looks for ways to irritate and/or hurt people every single game.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 08:15 PM ET

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He is dirty in every single game
Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:15 PM ET
That’s not true. Close, but not quite.

He looks for ways to irritate and/or hurt people every single game.
Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 05:15 PM ET
That’s better.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 08:26 PM ET

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I wish everyone could just agree that Cooke is dirty, but we’re so far apart! For one side, it just takes a basic knowledge of Cooke’s history and a cursory viewing of any of the latest dirty plays to make draw such an obvious conclusion. For the other side, it takes dissertations on physics, stretches of truth on what constitutes what “any player” would do in a specific situation, and a blind allegiance to Penguins hockey to determine that Cooke isn’t dirty at all, he’s just very passionate about the game.

Posted by awould on 02/09/11 at 08:31 PM ET

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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 01:34 PM ET

Roids or performance enhancers? And please do not give me that crap about the NHL being clean.

Shane Doan’s bizarre goal celebration in the playoffs last season made a believer out of me.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/09/11 at 08:37 PM ET

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That’s better.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 05:26 PM ET

Hahaha, well-played.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 08:40 PM ET

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Shane Doan’s bizarre goal celebration in the playoffs last season made a believer out of me.”
Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/09/11 at 05:37 PM ET

I was responding to the rest of your post then went back over it and re-read that part. Hahaha

Posted by awould on 02/09/11 at 05:31 PM ET

I think you’re close, but I believe the only thing that can bring us all together and on the same page right now is a LEAVE MATT COOKE ALONE! video.

Posted by NathanBC on 02/09/11 at 08:53 PM ET

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It’s simple, everyone who plays hockey is taught at the earliest age to not turn back and face the boards.

he didn’t TURN.  he was NEVER facing AWAY from the boards.

Tyutin could have continued his forward motion out of the corner

no, because he’s a lefty.

saying the responsibility is on Tyutin to make sure another player doesn’t violate the rules is absurd.  it’s like saying “too bad you got high sticked, you shouldn’t have had your face there.”

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

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I wish everyone could just agree that Cooke is dirty, but we’re so far apart!

I just read the thread and no where does anyone say he isn’t dirty.  Tyutin looked over his shoulder twice and could have braced himself/not turned his back to Cooke.  If he continues to do that, he will wind up with a broken neck.

Regardless of that, what Cooke did was dumb and he should be suspended for it.  It would not have mattered if he didn’t go in and make that check.  It’s especially dumb considering he should know by now he isn’t going to get the benefit of the doubt and has a history.  It’s his fault and I have failed to see anyone claim that it wasn’t.

Cooke is a gritty third liner.  Cooke is one of the top PKers on the team with the top PK in the NHL.  Cooke can contribute in a multiple ways, whether goals, hits, or agitating.  However, Cooke is a dirty player that has crossed the line a lot more than I would like this season.  Once again though, it comes down to the mentality of hockey has to change in order for this issue to ever go away.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/09/11 at 09:22 PM ET

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Cooke is a gritty third liner.  Cooke is one of the top PKers on the team with the top PK in the NHL.  Cooke can contribute in a multiple ways, whether goals, hits, or agitating.  However, Cooke is a dirty player that has crossed the line a lot more than I would like this season.  Once again though, it comes down to the mentality of hockey has to change in order for this issue to ever go away.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/09/11 at 06:22 PM ET

An excellent dose of sanity injected back in.  Thank you.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 02/09/11 at 09:39 PM ET

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  Tyutin looked over his shoulder twice

the last time Tyutin saw him, Cooke wasn’t even to the faceoff dot.

could have braced himself/not turned his back to Cooke

he didn’t turn his back on him.  he was never facing him.  not at ANY MOMENT.

look at the images I posted in this thread, a little over half way down:

http://www.kuklaskorner.com/index.php/hockey/comments/matt_cooke_hit_on_fedor_tyutin_tonight/

It’s his fault and I have failed to see anyone claim that it wasn’t.

a couple people have blamed Tyutin for not turning toward him, not continuing to skate through the corner, not bracing himself, etc.

Once again though, it comes down to the mentality of hockey has to change in order for this issue to ever go away.

that’s the money shot right there.  100% correct.  I have no idea how you change the thinking process of players like Cooke.  I have a feeling a 4 game suspension here and there in the regular season isn’t going to do it.  he appears to be the type who thinks he’s wrongly accused (and convicted) every single time.

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

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the last time Tyutin saw him, Cooke wasn’t even to the faceoff dot.

Where did he think Cooke was going to go?  If the Pens were on a line change, Tyutin would have known.  Tyutin had to know someone was coming at him.  Regardless, that does nothing to absolve Matt Cooke.  If Cooke let’s off, we don’t have this conversation.

As for the mentality, it’s too late for Cooke and anyone in the NHL.  These guys are all taught at lower levels that they don’t have enough talent to move onto the next level.  They are told they have to finish their checks, that they have to knock the opponent off their game any way necessary.  They are told if they don’t get close to the line, and even go over it on occasion, that their organization will find someone who is more than willing to step in and do the same thing.  How do you get rid of that?

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/09/11 at 10:21 PM ET

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How do you get rid of that?

longer suspensions.  MUCH longer.

and fines for the teams.  HUGE fines.

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

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longer suspensions.  MUCH longer.

and fines for the teams.  HUGE fines.

YES! The PA and league need to get together and work out something where the players hurt a little for hurting other union members AND the teams hurt for putting repeat offenders on the ice to head hunt.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/10/11 at 01:28 AM ET

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