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Matt Cooke Has Changed

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

“Rugby players beat the heck out of each other for 60 minutes. Punch each other in the face, kick each other with spike shoes, rip each other’s ears off,” Cooke said. “The only rule, when the whistle blows, the game’s over, and you go have a beer together.

“It’s about the game. I was always taught, ‘Don’t let him get you; get him before he gets you.’ It’s you vs. him, like survival of the fittest. But somewhere along the line, our game has changed, and I had to change with it.”

Cooke knows because of his previous indiscretions, it’s impossible to change everybody’s opinion. He’ll have to continue to keep it clean; every shift all eyes are on him. He learned that last season when he was accused of intentionally slicing Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson’s Achilles’ tendon with his skate.

“That’s asinine to think anyone can time that and be that precise with your skate and be that malicious, too,” Orpik said. “That’s not who he is.”

Shero said, “Matt Cooke has changed, and it didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work. You won’t get a lot of sympathizers for Matt Cooke, but if you know the person, what he does to give back to the community and see what he’s been through personally and professionally, this is a great story. It’s amazing where he’s come in two years.”

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so I guess if cooke can manage to play on every team in the league before he retires, then all the beat writers will love him.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 09/17/13 at 07:35 AM ET

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Yeeeaahhhhhh, he hasn’t changed. Give him a few weeks and I’m sure he’ll throw an “accidental” elbow at someone’s head or “accidentally” lift up his skate and dig it into the back of some players leg where he knows there’s no protection.

A zebra can’t change its stripes.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 09/17/13 at 07:49 AM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Whatever.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 09/17/13 at 08:01 AM ET

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Sure he’s changed.  He only tries to end one player’s career per year now.  What a sweetheart.

Posted by Hootinani on 09/17/13 at 08:08 AM ET

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If Matt Cooke had changed there wouldn’t be any stories written about him.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 09/17/13 at 08:16 AM ET

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“Rugby players beat the heck out of each other for 60 minutes. Punch each other in the face, kick each other with spike shoes, rip each other’s ears off,” Cooke said. “The only rule, when the whistle blows, the game’s over, and you go have a beer together.

Well, this quote is half true (the bold part is what isn’t, in case you’re wondering). He’s such a feckin tool.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 09/17/13 at 08:45 AM ET

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A punch, or kick in a scrum is a lot less dangerous than steamrolling someone from behind, face-first into the boards.

Nobody minds face-to-face retribution. It’s the back-stabbing, dangerous hits that Cooke is known for. He’s a weasel.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/17/13 at 08:55 AM ET

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“That’s asinine to think anyone can time that and be that precise with your skate and be that malicious, too,” Orpik said. quote]

Orpik is delusional, it is because you can’t be precise with a blade that noone ever raises their skate and plants it into the back of another players leg and the number and length of suspensions prove that Cooke IS that mailicious.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/17/13 at 10:02 AM ET

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Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 09/17/13 at 11:02 AM ET

I’m sorry, how does that prove malice?

Posted by Garth on 09/17/13 at 11:06 AM ET

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Orpik is a bit of a goon as well with his cheap after the whistle shots. It’s like he plays on a team “led” by a cheap shot artist with a short fuse who has no composure when losing, even in an exhibition game.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 09/17/13 at 11:19 AM ET

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Oh yeah, you have changed my mind overnight.  /sarcasm

Puh-leeze…

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 09/17/13 at 01:33 PM ET

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