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#21 Grim

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 02:02 PM

Oddly enough, I think Cooke got too much. 6-10 games would have been sufficient, maybe add a 1 game suspension to the HC for effect. The current outcome seems a little too much knee jerk reaction to Mario's griping. What if Cooke's victim got severely injured... we'd probably be looking at a lifetime ban by this scale.

So if a star player (w/precedent) like Heatley throws an elbow, should he face a similar penalty? The league is painting itself into a corner with this one.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 02:23 PM

Do they want to get rid of hits like this, or not? If they do, they need to impose harsh penalties. The second you see a Heatley suspended for 15 games, alot of players will take a look at their games and realize they need to change.

That's the issue currently. The wheel of justice is so arbitrary, the Down Goes Brown flowchart is pretty much accurate. It's like parenting. If you make a threat, and don't follow through, or the punishment changes in severity for the same thing, the kids stop paying attention.
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 02:30 PM

Buccigross posted a 'Vlogumn' video blog on ESPN.com in which the first sentence out of his mouth was, 'I don't know if Matt Cooke is the dirtiest player in the NHL'. :blink:

Have I completely imagined the knowledge that Bucci had when it came to hockey?

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:01 PM

In my own personal opinion, the suspension wasn't nearly long enough. He has too long a history of s*** like this, and you could reasonably deduce from the fact he's had as many incidents like this as he has, that he doesn't really give a damn if he severely injures someone or not. I mean, if for example you know that walking backward without looking where you're going will knock someone down and hurt them, and after several incidents where you do just that, you continue to do it anyway.....any reasonably sane person would look at you say, "You don't care if you hurt someone, do you?" Same thing applies here, really. He knows head shots are dangerous and can not only end someone's career, it could cause serious physical harm......but he keeps doing it anyway. Either he thinks he's invincible, or he's too mentally unstable to be playing hockey.

Hockey is already a very physical, aggressive sport. Why make it that much more dangerous for other players by letting this idiot out on the ice? Why let someone continue to put themselves in the position to deliberately do things they know are not only against the rules of the sport, but beyond the level of physicality required to even play the sport in the first place.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:19 AM

so what I conclude from what's being said:

1. with no priors you get one free shot.
2. if you are on the ice against a player with priors its okay (perhaps even preferable) to skate with head down.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 05:01 AM

so what I conclude from what's being said:

1. with no priors you get one free shot.
2. if you are on the ice against a player with priors its okay (perhaps even preferable) to skate with head down.

Don't forget:

3. if a player's skating with their head down it's okay (in fact, it's preferable) to stick out your elbow as a punishment.

Free Matt Cooke!

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:07 AM

I believe his apology about as much as I believe in politicians, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.
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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:08 AM

I believe his apology about as much as I believe in politicians, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny.


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Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:04 PM

The suspension was extreme, but the fact that he's the definition of a repeat offender did him over. Good to see his ass out for a while.
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Posted 24 March 2011 - 07:50 PM

Oddly enough, I think Cooke got too much. 6-10 games would have been sufficient, maybe add a 1 game suspension to the HC for effect. The current outcome seems a little too much knee jerk reaction to Mario's griping. What if Cooke's victim got severely injured... we'd probably be looking at a lifetime ban by this scale.

So if a star player (w/precedent) like Heatley throws an elbow, should he face a similar penalty? The league is painting itself into a corner with this one.


Yes. When you're talking about the safety of players, it doesn't matter if the offender is a star or not. But you do take track record into consideration. A suspension for a first time offender is obviously going to be lighter. But Cooke is a proven dangerous commodity and honestly expulsion from the league wouldn't be overkill.
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Posted 25 March 2011 - 09:40 AM

Brief look at some suspensions: downgoesbrown

August, 2004 An unprecedented lifetime ban is imposed on whichever Ottawa Senator scout is in charge of watching goaltenders, presumably.

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