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“It’s just a dirty hit.  Dirty player. He’s got no respect.”

“I mean, he’s killing a penalty, and he’s coming like that.  His only intent was to hurt me with his hands high like that, and I hope they (the NHL) review it.”

“They’re up 5-0, and he cowers away from all our guys. I mean, every guy on our team tried to fight him.”

-Keith Yandle of the Phoenix Coyotes on Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  A bit more from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

added video below at 4:26pm...

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awould's avatar

It’s not like Yandle’s the first guy to call Cooke a dirty player. I believe repeat offenders lose the benefit of a doubt and should be punished more severely. It will make teams think twice about signing a dirty player and give them a reason to pay them less if a player has a history of multi-game suspensions every season. If a team wants a Carcillo or Avery, or Cooke, on their team, they’ll have to go into it aware that the dude will probably get suspended because his reputation is established.

Posted by awould on 12/21/10 at 03:27 PM ET


At a certain point, guys like Cooke lose the protection of the hockey code.  Instead of trying to get him to engage in a stand up fight, teams are going to have to just jump him and beat his brains out whether he wants to fight or not, a la Detroit with Lemieux years ago.

And, really, even Lemieux wasn’t as much of a chump, coward cheapshotter as Cooke is.

Lemieux never really wanted to go, but he at least wouldn’t embarrass himself, his teammates and his franchise by being a complete coward like Cooke is and flat out running from anyone trying to stand him up.

Thanks NHL!  Love that Fight Instigator rule of yours.  Really, really great.


Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/21/10 at 03:33 PM ET

Zaze's avatar

I didn’t see it, anyone got a video?  NHL.com doesn’t seem to have it listed under “hits” for the game

Posted by Zaze on 12/21/10 at 03:34 PM ET


Because it wasn’t a hit.  It was an attempted assault.  Check out the police blotter. smile

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/21/10 at 03:55 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Yandle has so much room to speak.


2:20 in.

Posted by mrfluffy from the phone, calling Detroit, telling them it's on 12/21/10 at 04:02 PM ET


I was about 20 feet from the hit in question. In real-time, it looked to me like Cooke got a glove in his face and pushed him. No more than a 2 min roughing play, which is probably why nobody thought it was necessary to upload the video.

When you’re down 5-0, your team needs something to rally around. Sometimes that’s a fight, but since Pyatt got himself a concussion for not being familiar enough with his Eastern Conference rookies and picking the wrong guy to tangle with, the Coyotes rallied around Cooke’s 2 minute minor. There’s not more to this.

Posted by StevieSteve on 12/21/10 at 05:19 PM ET


Breaking news: Matt Cooke is dirty. Now out to our field reporter with his insightful story on the sky being blue.

I’d be really surprised to see a suspension though. No, not because the Pens have the refs in their back pocket, just because it wasn’t a violent hit with injuries involved. Had Yandle went falling to the ice knocked out cold and been out for a while, we might see a suspension, but this league’s suspension policy tends to be injury driven. No LTIR, no suspension.

Posted by Kstewy16 on 12/21/10 at 07:11 PM ET

awould's avatar

No video yet though? I’m leaning towards it not being very bad, mostly based on StevieSteve’s comment but also because the Coyotes lost 5-0 and want to vent about something. Still, *#$%@& Cooke.

Posted by awould on 12/21/10 at 07:14 PM ET

Paul's avatar

If you are following, added a video of the hit.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 12/21/10 at 07:29 PM ET

awould's avatar

thanks paul. that was indeed dirty. suspendable? only for a repeat offender. pretty clearly came up high w/ his elbow. it’s like he can’t help himself but to take it that little bit extra to hurt someone. the league will do nothing about it though.

also, pretty lame how yandle just gave up and stood there like that. he didn’t look too badly hurt, but that’s just luck. go after the puck!

Posted by awould on 12/21/10 at 07:36 PM ET

Zaze's avatar

Thanks Paul.  Watched it closely. If cooke wants to throw bowes like that he needs to stand up and fight no matter what the score.  Not suspension worthy though, imo.  Hes not doing himself any favors for future leeway though.

Posted by Zaze on 12/21/10 at 07:37 PM ET


Watched it closely. If cooke wants to throw bowes like that he needs to stand up and fight no matter what the score.  Not suspension worthy though, imo.  Hes not doing himself any favors for future leeway though.

Pretty much this. It looks worse in the replay than it did at the game, but I still think you would never have heard about this if Phoenix won 3-2.

Posted by StevieSteve on 12/21/10 at 07:56 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Not suspension worthy though, imo.

I disagree.  This is another in a long line of attempts by Matt Cooke to injure somebody.  If the league is going to let him keep doing this and the Penguins are going to keep putting him on the ice, knowing full well that he picks at least one spot per game where he intentionally tries to hurt a guy, then something’s going to need to be done about him.

There comes a point where Cooke’s superiors become complicit in his acts, and I think that’s a bigger legal headache than the league wants to face. 

Red WIngs fans should know this, there’s still a pending civil lawsuit being carried out against a player who took a cheap shot and a coach who was complicit in that man’s actions.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/21/10 at 08:03 PM ET

Zaze's avatar

I disagree.

I should note that if I had anything to say about it, he’d be in the press box shining my shoes for at least 2 games, it was a clear headshot.  It just sucks that like HockeyinHD said above unless serious injury is involved it seems like they’re not doing anything about it.

Posted by Zaze on 12/21/10 at 08:09 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Fair enough.  I also have a big problem with what the league says constitutes a suspendable offense.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 12/21/10 at 08:16 PM ET


It depends on whether or not Campbell thinks Yandle is a “little fake artist”.  Maybe Tyler Dellow can do a little more e-mail analysis.

Posted by dash_pinched on 12/21/10 at 09:14 PM ET


But had that hit been on Cindy Crosby, first he would have shamelessly flopped around on the ice like a fish in agony and secondly, the offender would have a 10 misconduct and a guaranteed suspension.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 12/21/10 at 09:25 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

sean_o_sean nice to see the 12 year olds showed up sick

Posted by Evilpens on 12/21/10 at 10:21 PM ET


Are you really trying to claim that Crosby isn’t a diving, whining p#$$%?  A talented one, sure, but still a P#$$% none the less.  Maybe he can “prove” his manhood again with another attack on the fearsome Brett Mclean.  Maybe Mclean will even get to drop his stick next time after he is attacked on a faceooff:

Posted by sean_o_sean on 12/23/10 at 02:04 AM ET

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