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Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

Posted on: March 21, 2011 5:31 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 6:55 pm
 
Matt Cooke, the Pittsburgh Penguins' controversial forward, was suspended the rest of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs, the NHL announced Monday. 

 “Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position," Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior V.P. of hockey operations, announced in a statement. "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 was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the head ealry in the third period of Sunday’s game. (Here's a look at the replay.) This is the fifth time he’s been suspended during his career and second time this season, making him a repeat offender under the league’s collective bargaining agreement. 

Penguins GM Ray Shero -- who advocated for a zero-tolerance policy on head hits at the NHL's general manager meetings last week -- agreed with Campbell's punishment.

“The suspension is warranted because that’s exactly the kind of hit we’re trying to get out of the game," Shero said in a statement. "Head shots have no place in hockey. We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen. Head shots must be dealt with severely, and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”

Cooke will forfeit $219,512.20 in salary. The suspension, which could be as much as 17 games if Pens' first-round series is stretched to seven games, is the longest in franchise history. 

Detroit forward Henrik Zetterberg told reporters before Monday's game against the Penguins he'd like to have seen an outright ban for the rest of the season. 

"I think the suspensions he gets doesn't really bother him," Zetterberg told USA TODAY. "He keeps going out and doing that stuff."

The loss of Cooke compounds the Pens' lack of depth in the forward ranks. While Chris Kunitz recently returned from injury, Pittsburgh si still minus Sidney Crosby (out indefinitely with a concussion), Evgeni Malkin (out for season with a knee injury), Mike Comrie (hip) and Eric Tangradi (concussion).

"What puts us is a tough spot is when he misses games," Penguins forward Craig Adams told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's a great player, and people don't realize how good of a player he is; if you don't watch him play every night you don't know. We know."

Cooke has 12 goals, 18 assists and is a plus-14 this season. 
-- A.J .Perez

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kkjyywlpo
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:00 pm
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Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

I completely agree Convoy



Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

i am with you 100% but the league has to be consistent top to bottom. too much is left up to interpretation if you want to eliminate head shots any hit to the head automatic game misconduct, second offense 10 games, third 25 games, fourth 50, and if you dont get it after your fourth offense and provided anyone will employ you fifth offense banishment 



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:50 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

When did Harrison get suspended?



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:35 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

You've got Harrison getting suspended and now Cooke.
Something in that Iron City beer?



Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:30 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs




Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

It's clear to me that many of you have never played hockey, and I'm talking about people that fall on both sides of this issue.  On one hand, you have the group advocating lifetime bans to castration (he's not there yet in my opinion, but getting closer to a year long ban with any successive illegal hits).  Also you have the group bashing the leauge office, something I am prone to do regularly and it's why there are sites like the NHLWheelofJustice one.  I think the league office got this one right for the record.  10 games + playoffs seems a pretty stiff sentence.  If he doesn't get it after that, let's try 50 game ban and then lifetime.



Since: Jun 11, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

no he just broke some kids neck and ended his career just like chara but hey it cant be that bad if its your first offence



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs

Case in point that Todd Bertuzzi is still allowed to play and not in jail for aggravated assault.  Matt Cooke should be gone for life, if not by the league then by the NHLPA.

What Bertuzzi did was awful, punching a guy from behind was the dumbest thing he ever did....  but don't even mention him in the same breath as what Matt Cooke has done recently.   The Moore incident was Bertuzzi's first really with the only other time he was suspended years prior when he jumped off the bench to help a player that got attacked by a goon....  Bertuzzi doens't send people face first into the boards from behind, go for people's knees or elbow people in the head that aren't looking..........


jordans23222
Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:01 pm
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