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Will Mario defend Cooke?

By now, we’ve all seen the nasty hit delivered to the head of Ryan McDonagh by Matt Cooke.  Just in case, I’ll post it after the jump.  I think even the most dedicated Penguins fan will admit that the elbow was brought up intentionally and that he targeted McDonagh’s head.  The “intent to injure” might not be as cut and dried, but the act itself is pretty clear.  By now, we’ve all also heard the shots fired at the NHL by Mario Lemieux after the recent incidents from Trevor Gillies of the Islanders.  We’ve also heard his proposal for a multi-tiered system of fines for clubs when their players get suspended and the doubling of fines for repeat offenders. 

There’s something ironic about the fact that there’s an article in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about how some of the Penguins players, including Matt Cooke are in favor of the league’s efforts to firmly penalize head hits.  At the GM meetings last week, it was reported that Penguins GM Ray Shero was hoping for a vote in favor of going beyond Rule 48—the “Matt Cooke” rule—to impose a blanket ban on all head shots.

Cooke doesn’t agree with going that far, but agrees that something has to be done.  His quote from the article:

I think the biggest concern out of all of this at the meetings was: Something needs to be done, but without it being a knee-jerk reaction.  It’s something that they’re aware of. They’re working at it. I think it’s a process.  They’re going to do what’s best, or at least recommend what’s best, not only for the game, but also the players.

His actions, unfortunately, speak louder than his words, and not in a good way.  I’m anxious to hear his comments and more importantly, Mario Lemieux’s comments on this matter. 


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