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Matt Cooke Is A “Dirty” Player

from Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune,

The last time a Wild general manager acquired a goon who drove his fan base to take up pitchforks and tuck away checkbooks, he might as well have put his house on the market.

Chuck Fletcher’s signing of Matt Cooke is not a direct equivalent to Doug Risebrough bringing in Chris Simon, but both moves were made for the same reason and raised the same question: Did the GM know what he was doing?

Risebrough brought in Simon to toughen up a soft team, and his reaction to fan and media outrage over the move suggested he hadn’t fully investigated Simon’s bad acts.

Simon wound up playing little and poorly, and his history of comic-book-villain violence stained the reputation of a franchise that, to that point, had turned marketing and brand-building into an exact science. Simon didn’t make that Wild team any better, and his arrival became Risebrough’s perceptual Waterloo, a Mossy Cade on skates.

Fletcher, like Risebrough, is desperate to find tough players who don’t, like Zenon Konopka, go directly from the bench to the penalty box. Fletcher, like Risebrough, may have underestimated his fan base’s hatred of a goon.

Cooke is a cheap-shot artist. He is a dirty player.


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Dakkster's avatar

To be fair, Cooke has reinvented himself in the last two years. Just look at his penalty numbers. Sure, he may make the occasional boneheaded move, but he’s far from a dirty player these days.

Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 07/08/13 at 10:48 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Guy is a Clown

Posted by Evilpens on 07/08/13 at 11:14 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Dakkster, you do not watch Cooke enough.  He can go for 3-4 games playing reasonable hockey, then his innate goonish behavior He will cost Minnesota dearly as they do not have enough depth to have a player spending much time on suspension.  Of course, since the owner is one of the evil garden gnome’s biggest supporters, Cooke may have to kill someone to get suspended.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 07/08/13 at 11:45 AM ET


Was looking for a legit argument against Cooke in this piece (there IS one to be made) and didn’t find one. More of just a general histrionics piece.

“Cooke signing is bad because he’s dirty and because Simon was dirty and he was bad too and Konopka is bad. Oh and Cooke is here but Bouchard isn’t and Doug Riseborough was Napolean and the Wild’s marketing is pretty good except when it’s pretty bad”

Posted by larry on 07/08/13 at 02:02 PM ET

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