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Matt Cooke to the Capitals for Pettinger

TSN is reporting that Matt Cooke has been traded by the Vancouver Canucks to the Washington Capitals for Matt Pettinger.

Ongoing updates and summary/random thoughts below…

Update 1:53pm ET:
Pettinger was just interviewed on TSN. Didn’t have much to say but that he brings a physical presence to the team. And that he scored 20+ goals a couple years ago.

I know very little about the guy (Caps fans want to educate us Canuck fans?) but I will miss definitely miss Cooke.

Update 2:03pm ET:
The Canucks have put out a generic press release confirming this trade.  Now I’m just waiting for comments from Cooke who hasn’t been interviewed by anyone in the media yet—at least that I can find.

Update 4:09pm ET:
I just came by this mp3 audio file of comments by Matt Pettinger in a teleconference with the Vancouver media. I haven’t listened to it all yet, so I’m not sure if there are any big revelations—although he does mention that he didn’t get along well with the Capitals coach.

Update 5:29pm ET:
Jason Botchford at The Province suddenly remembered he had a blog today after 5 weeks off it, and just in time to take some parting shots at Matt Cooke on his way out the door.  Classy stuff (I mumble, sarcastically) but perhaps worth a read to get the perspective of an ‘expert’.

Sigh. Maybe I shouldn’t be a smartass, but geez… I know Cooke wasn’t everyone’s favorite but having been drafted by the Canucks in 1997, he’s spent his entire NHL career here.  I can live with this trade and understand why it probably had to happen, but I’m also going to miss the guy, too.

Best of luck to him, I say.

And now, onto Pettinger.  Another player who has spent his entire career with the organization that drafted him, and like Cooke, had some ‘bonding issues’ with his coach.

Somehow I feel like I went to a swap-meet today. smile

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Alanah McGinley has been blogging hockey since 2003 (with a notable gap in time through 2010, kicking it with new baby Lucy while living knee-deep in chaos while reading "parenting for complete idiots" during every spare minute) sharing opinions, rants and not-so-deep thoughts with anyone who will listen.

In addition to writing Canucks & Beyond and helping manage Kukla's Korner, Alanah was one of the founders and co-hosts of The Crazy Canucks Podcast. She has contributed pieces to FoxSports.com and the New York Times Slapshot blog, as well as other stray destinations in cyberspace.

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