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Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:12 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 12:48 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

Matt Cooke is probably never going to get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to any play that is even remotely close to being dirty or against the rules.

Given his history and the list of plays that make up what is basically a career lowlight film, he doesn't really deserve the benefit of the doubt at this point, either. But that doesn't change the fact that he has made a legitimate effort to clean up his game this season after numerous suspensions, including one last season that turned out to be a 17-game banishment (10 regular season games and all seven of Pittsburgh playoff games) for a hit to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

In 46 games this season Cooke has been issued just 14 penalty minutes, a total that over 430 players in the NHL have topped this season, including 12 of his own teammates. Because he's Matt Cooke, however, guilt is always going to be assumed when he's the focal point, as it was on Thursday night for an alleged slew foot incident during the Penguins' 4-1 win against the New York Rangers that put him squarely in the crosshairs on Friday

This is the play in question, via Empty Netters' Seth Rorabaugh:



You can see another angle (and get some expert commentary) by clicking here.

Cooke has done some bad things on the ice in his career, but this isn't even close to being one of them, even if the Rangers believe it was a slew foot. Richards did not participate in the Rangers' skate on Friday.

There was no penalty called on the play, and according to TSN's Darren Dreger, he won't face any discipline from the NHL.

And he shouldn't, because that's not a slew foot. At its worst it's tripping, at the very least it's two players getting their feet tangled up as they turn into each other going for the puck. Pretty common occurrence, and if it involved almost any player in the league likely wouldn't have even been a blip on the NHL's radar on Friday.

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Comments

Since: Sep 24, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:39 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Come on. All the years that Brendan Shanahan played in the league and he doesn't recognize a alew foot. Then Matt Cooke is trickier than we all thought he was.



Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 10:36 am
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Matt Cooke has really cleaned up his act. I am a Pens fan and I have watched almost all of the games this year. There have been a lot of situations where he could have taken cheap shots but hasn"t. This was not a slew foot. As to last nights game, Subban has been getting away with this ever since he came into the league. We have seen it when he stepped on Jordan Stahl's foot. He needs to be fined and suspended.



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:26 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

What Subban did to Kunitz tonight is a slewfoot.
What Cooke did to Richards is 2 guys getting tangled up.
Strongly dislike Cooke, but he did nothing wrong here.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:23 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Cooke is a scumbag still. He didn't do anything in this clip but he still is a scumbag. I will never change my mind on this clown. He ended the career of a very talented and special player. I'm glad to see he hasn't hurt anyone else, YET!!!



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:15 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Maybe because the title of the story is kind of misleading.  I'm guessing most people saw the title and wanted to see want Cooke did this time.  It must be bad if CBS is doing a story on it.  Might as well start having stories with the title "Player X will not face discipline for hooking penalty".  - I bet people would read the story to see how bad the hook was since it is making "news".  



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:14 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Steelerhater07,

You thought enough of the story to not only read it, but also take the time to leave a comment. So it must have been worth something.
Welll to be honest, I got more info from the 7 links to other stories that you just cut and pasted from to make your story. So thank you for tagging all the other articles and youtube videos to make a half-assed story to call your own. Which in reality isn't even a story. If you break down the story it sounds like this: Cooke is not getting suspended this week for anything he did wrong.....according to sources from TWITTER!!!I would have found your story more interesting if you had some quotes from actuall people and not just twits. Your a profesional writer, you're better than this.






Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:49 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Steelerhater07,

You thought enough of the story to not only read it, but also take the time to leave a comment. So it must have been worth something.



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:28 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Count who plays dirtier tonight.  Cooke or Subban.  Cooke has 16 penalty minutes this year.  He's not the same Matt Cooke.  If you watched all the games this year, you'd know that.  



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

When i first saw the play, I thought it was a slew foot. After I saw the replay, there is now way that was  slew foot, and it was a borderline 2 minute penalty at best, and even that is a stretch. Hope richards is OK, seems to go down awkwardly, but nothing dirty on that play.



Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:47 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Any time you have non-Penguin fans even remotely standing up for Cooke and not calling for his head, it's not even close to being dirty. It was a boardline penalty, but if it was called, then the Penguins would have been upset. It's nowhere close to being suspension or fine worthy. This is a waste of a story. I could only imagine what Torts would say if the roles were reversed.


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