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by George Malik on 03/21/11 at 05:14 PM ET
Updated at 7:02 PM: Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg spoke in very specific and concrete terms when he was asked what the NHL should do in terms of dealing with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke’s latest suspend-able offense, as he told the Sporting News’s Craig Custance:
Henrik Zetterberg isn’t one to make outlandish statements. The Red Wings star forward typically lets his play do the talking. But when asked what he would do if he were handing out the suspension for Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke, he didn’t hesitate.
“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.
“He keeps doing stuff over and over,” Zetterberg said. “I think the suspensions he gets doesn’t really bother him. He keeps going out and doing that stuff.”
“We have to be harder on suspensions. Especially guys who do this over and over again,” he said. “We have to respect each other as a player. You can’t go out and hurt a guy like that. It could be career-ending.”
Update: The Wings kept talking about Cooke’s M.O. while speaking to USA Today’s Kevin Allen...
“It seems like a pattern, between the first four, five or six guys throughout the league ... that have constantly done the same thing,” said Detroit Red Wings center Mike Modano. “I don’t know how you get your point across to those guys.”
Before the suspension was handed down, Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said Cooke should be suspended for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
“I think the suspensions he gets doesn’t really bother him,” Zetterberg said. “He keeps going out and doing that stuff.”
And the same’s true for Sportsnet’s Mark Spector:
For now though, Zetterberg will still keep his head on a swivel when Cooke’s anywhere in the building.
“Honestly,” began Zetterberg, whose Red Wings hosted Pittsburgh Monday night. “You just have to be aware to see.
“He keeps doing stuff over and over. I think the suspensions he gets doesn’t really bother him. He keeps going out and doing that stuff.”
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