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#1 Howard He Do It?!

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:05 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season (10 games) and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for delivering an elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in NHL game #1080 yesterday, the National Hockey League announced today. Cooke will forfeit $219,512.20 in salary.

"Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "This isn't the first time this season that we have had to address dangerous behavior on the ice by Mr. Cooke, and his conduct requires an appropriately harsh response."

Cooke's most recent suspension was for four games on Feb. 9, 2011 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 4:36 of the third period and Cooke was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct.

Cooke will miss Pittsburgh's remaining 10 regular-season games and be ineligible for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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#2 CaliWingsNut

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 11:47 PM

Not long enough.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 01:45 AM

In other news, good to see the NHL finally grow a pair. Maybe, just maybe the likes of Cooke might cut down on the dirty plays now.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 01:54 AM

In other news, good to see the NHL finally grow a pair. Maybe, just maybe the likes of Cooke might cut down on the dirty plays now.


lol that is laughable.

But I must be off, I have some jerking off to do. Oh btw I like to consider myself extremely attractive and am proud of myself for being your intellectual superior as I am going to UofM next year, and I am a better hockey player than Crosby.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 02:41 AM

Not near long enough.
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 03:41 AM

glad to read Shero's comments on it. obviously, the hit is indefensible, but i can still see some GMs, coaches, etc. sort of himming and hawing, trying to rationalize or downplay the hit. there's something to be said for sticking up for your own guys, of course, but he really didn't have a choice here.
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:22 AM

As I said in the other thread. What kind of example does he thinks he's setting for his kids? What is he going to tell his kids now that he's not playing for the rest of the season and the 1st round of playoffs? Hopefully he has learned <_<

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:36 AM

As I said in the other thread. What kind of example does he thinks he's setting for his kids? What is he going to tell his kids now that he's not playing for the rest of the season and the 1st round of playoffs? Hopefully he has learned <_<




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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:55 AM

I've heard a lot of people suggesting it wasn't long enough, but this is one of the most severe suspensions I've seen. Sure, there were suspensions of 20 or more games, but you have to consider that this is potentially 17 games, 7 of which are playoff games. The NHL has shown in the past that a 5 game suspension in the regular season might get you 1 or 2 games in the playoffs.

The NHL could have given him the easy 10 games, rest of the regular season, which would have also equalled what Gillies got for his second head shot in less than a month. So, they came down way, way harder on Cooke than Gillies, not much to argue about.

Who knows of the Pens will even insert him in the lineup if they get past the first round. I'd be willing to bet that they really aren't sure about that yet.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:16 AM

Not long enough.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:19 AM

If he is still in the game, then that is a disgrace in itself, but....

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:19 AM

From Toronto Star :

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ďThe good things heís done with Pittsburgh far outweigh what heís going through now. As a teammate, you donít forget that. You donít forget winning a Stanley Cup with Matt Cooke.Ē
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#13 hillbillywingsfan

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:20 AM

In other news, good to see the NHL finally grow a pair. Maybe, just maybe the likes of Cooke might cut down on the dirty plays now.



not sure if it will cut down the plays because it really to me wasn't long enough...he should of gotten the rest of the season...first and second if the make it that fare and if not some games next season. but thats just me. The nhl will have to lay the hammer down sometime.
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 08:22 AM

If ever there were a disgusting image, it would be Cooke with the Cup.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:35 AM

As I said in that thread - this is LONG overdue, but at least the NHL kinda got one right for once... I still think he needs to be removed from the game entirely... not just the NHL, but the game.

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#16 Hockeytown0001

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:32 AM

Still surprised that the League actually got something right.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 11:57 AM

"I realize and understand, more so now than ever, that I need to change," Cooke said Monday night, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That's what I wanted my message to be."


Nice sentiment and all, but too little too late. I wouldn't imagine there's anyone who actually believes him.


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Posted 22 March 2011 - 12:33 PM

As I said in that thread - this is LONG overdue, but at least the NHL kinda got one right for once... I still think he needs to be removed from the game entirely... not just the NHL, but the game.

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You got Luca Brasi's phone number?

I doubt it's going to happen, but it'd be a wake-up call to all players if the Penguins imposed their own suspension after the league suspension ends.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 12:38 PM

Not sure why they ended the suspension at first round. With his track history it should've been season and playoffs, period. Most people would like to see him banned from the league but I won't be too hard on them for not going that extreme. But why let him into the playoffs at all?
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 01:30 PM

He's sorry. But, we already knew that.

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