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by Paul on 04/21/11 at 11:35 AM ET
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Upon further review, the NHL’s draconian punishment of Penguins winger Matt Cooke looks preposterous and vindictive.
It has served no higher purpose, that’s for sure.
It has not altered the behavior of head-hunting players; it has not changed the pattern of neglect established long ago by NHL chief disciplinarian Colin Campbell. That much is clear in the first round — make that the knockout round — of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
I am no defender of Cooke, but what precedent was there for slapping him with a maximum 17-game suspension for his elbow on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh? Valuing playoffs over regular season, it could be argued the suspension is more like 25 games — maybe more — which is beyond ludicrous. Prior to that, Cooke had been suspended 10 games over his 11-year career.
Now, look at Tampa Bay winger Steve Downie, who was suspended 20 games for a vicious hit on Ottawa’s Dean McAmmond three seasons ago. Downie delivered a carbon copy of that hit Monday night ... and was suspended for one game.
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