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Matt Cooke Ready For His Return

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Matt Cooke returns to the Minnesota Wild lineup for Friday’s Game 4 coming off his seventh suspension, the seven games he sat out for kneeing Colorado’s Tyson Barrie upping his career total to 32.

But Cooke continued to insist he’s a changed man, and that the Barrie play was the exception, not the rule.

“Although this one situation happened, I still believe and know that I’m in a good spot as far as the way I approach the game, to go out and play a physical style without being [risky],” Cooke said on Wednesday. “Obviously, there’s the one situation that’s going to be in my head that it happened, but I’m a firm believer in the work that I’ve put in to change the style, to change my approach to the game, to allow me to go out and have success.”


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awould's avatar

If the planets align just right, we’ll see Keith and Cooke go elbow-to-elbow and bones will smash.

Posted by awould on 05/07/14 at 02:28 PM ET


I assume Cook is spending his afternoon sharpening his knee and elbow pads.

Posted by Garth on 05/07/14 at 03:29 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Cook with an eye toward .20?

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/07/14 at 03:56 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Changed man… ya sure as long as words speak louder than actions.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/07/14 at 05:07 PM ET


Matt Cooke took a financial bath with an investment managed by Tyson Barrie’s father, Len at Bear Mountain in Victoria, BC.  It’s well known out here that Mr. Cooke was not too pleased with how his investment turned out.  There is a rumor that the hit on Tyson was a measure of retribution.

But Mr. Cooke wouldn’t stoop that low ....

Posted by Matty55 on 05/07/14 at 05:19 PM ET

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