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Video- Matt Cooke With An Elbow

The Rangers Ryan Mcdonagh was the receipent.  He did return to the game while Cooke received five for elbowing, a ten and game misconduct.

note 3:14pm, Changed the video for one with better quality.

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Flashtastick56's avatar

Wow….Pens fans saying he isn’t a barbarian like Trevor Gillies?  Laughable….Try pulling your head from wherever it is and watch the clip.  Looked a lot like the Gillies/Tangradi hit, didn’t it?

At least Islanders fans can admit Gillies is a goon.  Try removing your black & gold glasses and look at this objectively.  Cooke should get 12 games for this.  The angle proves it.

Posted by Mickey Malice from Austin TX on 03/20/11 at 05:25 PM ET

So, I’d love to see where, after Cooke elbowed that Ranger in the head today, he dropped his gloves and punched him while he was face-down on the ice.  Then taunt him as he lay there, concussed.  When you find that video, post it here.  Thanks.

from wikipedia:

Posted by Mickey Malice on 03/20/11 at 07:21 PM ET

Wikipedia?!  Wow!  Using Wikipedia - a site that pretty much anyone can go in and change - to prove a point?  Fail.

Posted by Flashtastick56 from Meriden, CT on 03/21/11 at 12:11 AM ET


The most riveting aspect of all of this is will be Mr. Lemieux’s response.  Following the League’s response to the brawl filled match against the New York Islanders, Mr. Lemieux threatened to divorce himself from the League.  Many called this the “I’m quitting and taking my puck with me” speech.  Generally speaking, his statement was not well received except by those in and around Pittsburgh and others scattered around the continent.  More recently, in regards to policing the league, Mr. Lemieux stated that the onus should be shared by teams and managers; that fines should be spread to teams that employ skaters that consistently show no regard or respect to the safety of opposing skaters.

Mr. Lemieux has basically two options:  he can retain the services of Mr. Cooke or he remove him from the organization via either a trade or release.  In the event that Mr. Lemieux retains the services of Mr. Cooke, Mr. Lemieux will face overwhelming criticisms.  I’m certain everyone will be clamoring to grasp the logic and reasoning.
At that point, Mr. Lemieux may be best served by selling his stake and moving away from the League as he earlier threatened to do, this time for different reasons.

Should Mr. Lemieux ostracize Mr. Cooke from the organization, he basically has only one option – release.  Mr. Cooke will not be traded.  I doubt that the Penguins will be able to find a partner willing to take on the services of Mr. Cooke and the stench of surrounding the baggage he brings to any organization.  The situation is similar to Sean Avery.  Avery was banished from his previous employer.  What saved Avery was some unearthly and unknown, freakish connection to the NYR.  However, at this point, I think that the Rangers would admit bringing him back was a mistake.  Other franchises have noticed and I believe there is no home for Mr. Cooke in this league beyond Pittsburgh. 

Mr. Cooke has repeatedly proven that he is devoid of the necessary consistent control, stability, sound judgment and apposite respect for his opponent that are requisites of employment in today’s NHL.  While nearly every player retaliates at some point in his career, one-time events or out of character incidents can be tolerated.  Mr. Cooke’s penchant for the abusive and disrespectful manner in which he approaches the game and his opponents has been noted by nearly everyone in the sport.  He has failed to grasp some basic rules or understand the code by which the vast majority of players abide by.

Should Mr. Lemieux opt to not to retain Mr. Cooke’s services, I see few options for a continuance of his career.  LNAH?  Unfortunately, I don’t think Mr. Cooke qualifies for that ligue.  He is (a.) not from Quebec and (b.) did not play his junior in le Q.  Should Mr. Cooke wish to continue playing, the KHL or other European Leagues are perhaps his best option.

Mr. Lemieux has some decisions to make.  BIG decisions.  His legacy could potentially be affected by his actions over the next 48 hours and this upcoming summer.

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 03/21/11 at 01:53 AM ET

TheFreak's avatar

@Unicorn - good points.

After Mario’s statements to the NHL passing blame, it would be kind of funny if Colin Campbell or the NHL won’t do anything - just to spite Mario, which then puts the burden back on Mario to do something.

Don’t get me wrong, I think Cooke deserves punishment, but just sayin.

Posted by TheFreak on 03/21/11 at 02:25 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

From TSN:

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has an in-person hearing with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell in Toronto today at 1:30pm et, stemming from his elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh.

I hope they throw the book at him.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 03/21/11 at 02:47 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

This is not a blind side hit.  This was an elbow to the head from behind while trying to finish a check. 

his opponent has eyes in the back of his head?

you sure say some dumb things.

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 03/21/11 at 04:43 PM ET


“At least the season,” Zetterberg said. “I don’t think he should play any more this year. And then we just have to see what we’re going to do after that.”
Zetterberg later clarified that when he says season, he means the whole thing. Playoffs included.

- from the Sporting News

I think Zetterberg is usually pretty level-headed and the NHL would do well to take his advice.  I think no matter what they give Cooke it has to be at least double his previous high or repeat offender status means nothing. They may want to add in a request to seek counseling for impulse control much like they did with Avery since he can’t seem to avoid these situations.

As for the Pens organization (Mr. Lemieux et al) I think the best thing they can do is allow the NHL to hand out the suspension and then make a brief statement agreeing with the NHL ruling.. At this point no good can come from them making premature statements and any statement they make after the Cooke ruling will ring hollow. Now is not the time to draw more attention or criticism, but to let it play out without adding anymore fuel to the debate.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/21/11 at 04:59 PM ET

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