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Guilty Before Being Proved Innocent

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Guilty until proven innocent.

That is how most opponents treat Matt Cooke. You cannot really blame them. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward is a repeat offender who has earned a reputation for repeatedly stepping over the line. The NHL, in fact, expedited a rule on blindside hits to the head after Cooke concussed a vulnerable Marc Savard with a nasty bodycheck during the regular season.

So when Andrei Markov left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semi-final on Friday with a lower-body injury after being hit by Cooke, the initial reaction was to condemn.

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Matt Cooke is scum, period! I’m just not sure who is worse the NHL office for allowing his style of play or Cooke himself. Yes, clean hit last night, but he is still the dirtiest player in the game.

Posted by killerdg93 from Niagara on 05/01/10 at 04:08 PM ET

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Really Dirtier than Jarkko Ruutu, Keleta, & Chris Pronger, UMM OTAY Buckwheat

Posted by Evilpens on 05/01/10 at 06:31 PM ET

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UMM OTAY Buckwheat

Wow. Ignorant and a racist. Quite the combination. Thankfully, those here at KK who are familiar with Evilpens won’t lump all Pens fans in with this buffoon.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids on 05/01/10 at 07:36 PM ET

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Matt Cooke is scum, period!

Posted by killerdg93 from Niagara on 05/01/10 at 03:08 PM ET

That(Cooke) is an insult to scum.

  Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 05/01/10 at 07:52 PM ET

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Thankfully, those here at KK who are familiar with Evilpens won’t lump all Pens fans in with this buffoon.

I agree and appreciate this.  Thank you.

The thing is…Cooke has some skill to his game.  He plays on one of the best third lines in the NHL, he’s scored at least 30 points five times in his career and in both seasons with the Pens and he’s a regular on the top PK unit with Staal. 

Other “instigators” like Ruutuu or Kaleta don’t put up that kind of production while being a dick…the only guy that outproduces Cooke while playing the same type of role is Avery.

I know he’s pretty much universally hated around the league and by every fan that isn’t a Pens’ homer - though, nowadays who on the Pens ISN’T universally hated?...haha - and I’m sure I’ll absolutely hate him if/when he isn’t a Penguin anymore…but right now he’s an upgrade over just about anyone else that you can get to bring in and do what he does.  He does some stupid and dirty crap, but when you walk that line like he does, it’s bound to happen.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 05/01/10 at 07:58 PM ET

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Wow. Ignorant and a racist. Quite the combination. Thankfully, those here at KK who are familiar with Evilpens won’t lump all Pens fans in with this buffoon.

A Ignorant Liberal In Balioutville wow Who would of thought that, See Numbnuts I am a Libertarian Therefore I don’t give a Rats Arse what Color, Creed, Nationality or Sexual orientation someone is. I see a Human Being, Libs Like yourself Try like Hell to Separate people into nice Little Groups, Now who is the Racist, Bigot, Sexist HMMMMMMMMMMMM ???

Posted by Evilpens on 05/01/10 at 08:39 PM ET

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The strange thing is that no one ever mentions Steve Ott when talking dirty…you’d figure the actual NHL survey of PLAYERS saying that he is the dirtiest player in the league would garner some attention. 

There are a lot of dirty players in the league (or players that can be dirty) the difference is that…it’s pretty much Cooke’s job to be dirty (see: Carcillo).  He’s the guy you hate, that’s his job.  And when he actually does something offensively you only hate him more.

Posted by stoneman from vegas on 05/01/10 at 09:27 PM ET

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Now who is the Racist, Bigot, Sexist HMMMMMMMMMMMM ???

Well, that would still be you, fool. And an ignorant racist at that.

The idea that a “liberal” can’t be a racist is pure hogwash. And your completely psychotic reaction is proof positive of that.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids on 05/01/10 at 09:32 PM ET

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it’s a good thing this stayed on topic.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/01/10 at 09:38 PM ET

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No, Cooke is simply treated like the human garbage he is.

End of story.

Posted by Primis on 05/01/10 at 10:18 PM ET

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it’s a good thing this stayed on topic.

You’re right, red. But ignorant people just set me off. And when they start spewing pseudo-racist garbage, well, that’s more than I’m willing to let pass.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids on 05/02/10 at 12:04 AM ET

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