Cooke Suspension, Explaining Composite vs. Wood on the PK, SIMPSONS!ShareThis
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So, Matt Cooke finally got what he deserved, huh? And I don’t mean in an Evander Kane, punching him out kind of way, I mean in an “appropriate suspension that should be appropriate the first time you do that and not the tenth” kind of way.
He did lose a crap-ton of money though – just under $220,000 in forfeited salary has to affect a family – who knows what they’re financial situation is (presumably very good after ten NHL seasons), but losing over ten percent of your salary isn’t fun for anyone.
But, if anybody deserves that “hardship,” it’s him. Essentially, the league gave him a financial
and now he has to lay in the bed he’s made.
I’ve written this before, but after a recent tweet I read (asking why players don’t use more reliable wood sticks on the PK), one more time, with feeling:
Wood sticks broke more than composites do. They aren’t more reliable, in any way.
The only reason people make such a fuss over composites (a fuss that’s dying as the older generation of hockey player figures them out) is because they cost ten times as much, so it’s infuriating. You expect them to last ten times as long too, but they simply don’t. A little longer, yes, but not much.
If a $20,000 car went 100MPH, and a $200,000 car went 102MPH, you’d expect professional racecar drivers to use the $200,000 car. That doesn’t mean the guy who uses his car to go to work (which would be rec hockey in this awesome analogy) needs a $200,000 car, but if he can afford it, more power to him.
We also notice composites breaking more because they break cleanly, unlike wood sticks. Wood ones would fracture, crack, splinter, semi-break, grow flimsy, chip, and just kind of suck after awhile – you still have to drop the thing immediately once it’s like that, so what’s the difference? You have to use a composite for an eternity for it to just “get bad,” and that’d be a great argument for that stick’s durability if it lasts long enough to go weak. They just perform at a higher level for longer.
So, enough of that, that’ll be the last time we talk about it!
So, something interesting that was pointed out to me, knock on wood: while injuries, head shots and concussions and all that bad stuff continue to happen, as they always will, we haven’t really had a David Booth/Marc Savard style head shot this year.
Is that progress?
Probably. Sometimes it’s tough to see the big picture, but maybe things are slowly changing for the better. Bettman’s new five point plan (I wrote about that yesterday) might be the next step.
From Yahoo’s terrific hockey writer Nick Cotsonika:
It’s worth noting that the NHL study said only one concussion was caused by an illegal blindside hit through March 1 (Perron).
I thought these were terrific: occasionally, the Simpsons cuts to a newspaper and flashes a headline – the following are five of my favourites. You can see 55 of them over at Funny or Die.
So, a second to brag: going into Sunday of the Bourne’s Blog (Fantasy) Hockey League, yours truly was sitting in 10th of 16 (and top eight make playoffs). Going into Sunday of my final match, I was down 6-5. I was narrowly losing three goalie categories. Then, the questionable trade I made early in the season (moving Claude Giroux for Corey Crawford and Dustin Penner – at the time, Crawford had only played a few games) panned out in one, glorious evening.
He only gave up one on 23 shots and gets a 2-1 win, pushing me ahead in all three goalie catergories, which got me just enough points to leapfrog two people and sneak into the final playoff spot. Now I’m playing Chris Botta in the 8 vs. 1 seed matchup – last man standing wins nearly a thousand bucks. Sweeeet.
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