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Mr. Cooke heads to New York…

It's been a violent night in the NHL, but Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke's knee on Tyson Barrie stole the show, and as a result...

Multiple reports from the Avs and Sportsnet's John Shannon confirm that Barrie's out for 4-6 weeks (i.e. for the season) with a sprained MCL. And Stephane Robidas went to the hospital after Ryan Garbutt's knee broke Robidas' leg...Garbutt stayed in the game and scored a goal.

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awould's avatar

My bet is this could the longest suspension ever handed out. The league has every bit of cover they need to go big. I would love to see Cooke gone for good but 20 games or so would be ok.

Posted by awould on 04/22/14 at 02:05 AM ET


Posted by awould on 04/22/14 at 02:05 AM ET

I sure hope so, with Cooke’s history, it should be a very long suspension.


Posted by George0211 on 04/22/14 at 07:53 AM ET

Iggy_Rules's avatar

Is it possible that Matt Cooke gets the Marty McSorley treatment here? This is a brutal hit and it serves to illustrate that the guy has not really learned his lesson. Throw the book at him for real this time, gets this guy out of the league.

Posted by Iggy_Rules from Calgary, Canada on 04/22/14 at 08:01 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Damien Cox of the Toronto Star writes about the hit and also pointed out Cooke is not considered a repeat offender.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/22/14 at 08:26 AM ET

Leo_Racicot's avatar

Beyond sick of this clown and the number of critical players he has taken out of the game over the years… 

Marc Savard
Erik Cole

It’s time to kick him to the curb, he’s a disgrace to the game.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 04/22/14 at 08:51 AM ET

phillyd's avatar

Indefinite suspension taking him out of the playoffs this year then over the summer he gets 25 games to start next year.

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 04/22/14 at 09:05 AM ET

YzermanZetterberg's avatar

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/22/14 at 08:26 AM ET

I saw something else last night—can’t recall what or where—that said the 18 month repeat offender thing only applies to fines. That seems just as goofy as what Cox is saying, but hey it is still Gary Bettman’s NHL, so good luck making any sense of it.

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 04/22/14 at 09:20 AM ET


Well the truth is, Cooke HAS cleaned up his game quite a bit since the last stupid sh*t he’s done. Now this… I mean, I can only expect this to be 10 or more games. I would call the NHL a disgrace if he gets less than 10 games, bare minimum. Hopefully 20. I would hope some of the players see the suspension and think twice before delivering horrible hits or knees.
On a side note, Chic and Stlouis are beating the absolute sh*t out of each other. Nice..

Posted by Pasha1277 on 04/22/14 at 09:57 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

He flat out attacked that guy.  He needs to go.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 04/22/14 at 11:06 AM ET

SYF's avatar

He knew what the fuch he was doing.  “Heat of the moment, I didn’t know what I was doing” is useless now.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 04/22/14 at 11:43 AM ET


The leopard may have dyed his fur, but he’s still a leopard.

Posted by cantskate on 04/22/14 at 12:21 PM ET

awould's avatar

I don’t see Cooke back in this playoffs. But mostly because Minnesota only has 2 or 3 games left before Colorado closes them out. My guess is, they’ll suspend him for a long enough time for the NHLPA to make noise about the “technicality” of the 18-month grace period for repeat-offender status…. if the NHL wants to set a precedent about fines versus suspensions on this, they won’t find a better test case. Everybody hates Cooke anyways, he’s maybe the highest profile dirty player and the play in question was unquestionably dirty, intentional and dangerous, and it left a player injured for the duration.

Posted by awould on 04/22/14 at 01:23 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Cooke’s hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/22/14 at 02:41 PM ET


I am disturbed by the NHLPA’s constant resistance to suspensions for dirty players/plays.  What about standing up for those that have had their careers ended by these creeps?  How about the guys that miss significant portions of seasons?  Where is the PA’s voice for them?  It seems that they are more interested in defending goons than skilled players.  Face it, it’s the same people all the time.

Posted by cantskate on 04/22/14 at 03:19 PM ET

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