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Matt Cooke On His Suspension

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

Matt Cooke, suspended seven games for injuring Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit Monday night, addressed the media this afternoon.

Cooke didn’t field questions but made an unwritten statement.

“First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can’t play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I wish that he could. Unfortunately, it was not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee. It was my intent to finish my check. Playoffs are a hard and physical time and it’s my job to be physical. I’ve led my team in hits in all three games and it’s an intense time. I’ve led my team this year in hits and in this series.

“Since March 20, 2011 (the elbow to Ryan McDonagh that resulted in a 17-game suspension), I’ve been a changed player. I’ve approached the game differently, I think differently about the game. That stats that I’ve collected over those three seasons prove that I’m a changed player and the plays that I make and the plays that I don’t make prove to that point as well. At the end of the day, this situation was not my intent.”

Cooke has until tomorrow night to decide if he will appeal his suspension to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Cooke didn’t respond when I asked if he would.


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TreKronor's avatar

I’ve been a changed player.

I’m so sick of hearing this line.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/24/14 at 02:29 PM ET


Sorry doesn’t feed the bulldog.  Every time one of these goons (and especially MC) perpetrates one of these actions the line is always the same: “I’m sorry, I never meant to injure the guy, I wish him a speedy recovery, the game is fast, accidents happen” etc.  It’s a load and nothing but crocodile tears.  Here is the thing:  why do these ‘accidents’ always happen to the same guys?  Did you ever seen Nic Lidstrom get suspended for something like this? 

Seven games is a joke.  I have never been a Colorado fan, and I was sort of pulling for Minny, but now I hope the Avalanche knock out the Wild.  I know the whole team can’t be blamed, but they hired this guy.

Posted by cantskate on 04/24/14 at 03:18 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

If that was unintentional knee on knee, I’d hate to see intentional.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 04/24/14 at 03:37 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The bullshit is strong in this one.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 04/24/14 at 04:40 PM ET


It’s a damn shame these bad things keep happening to Cooke, he’s had some terrible luck.  Also, you’d think that the law of averages would dictate that he take out a plumber every once in a while but it’s just plain dumb luck that he keeps accidentally taking out top tier players; Savard, McDonagh, Markov, Karlsson, ...

Posted by dwgs on 04/25/14 at 09:34 AM ET

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