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Shall we start the week off right?

 

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I’m still waiting to discover the verdict on the Matt Cooke hearing, as is the rest of the hockey world, but I think it’s safe to assume he’ll be in the 8-10 games range.  I think Bob McKenzie took eight, and Puck Daddy himself Greg Wyshynski took six, but I think they’re both wrong (a rarity for me).

First, in my opinion the hit was far more egregious than the Heatley hit on Steve Ott.  The Heatley elbow was a less dangerous petty/childish type of cheap, versus Cooke’s which was flat out dangerous.  Wysh was guessing six based on Heatley getting two games, and giving it a 3X for repeat offender.

I think this hit was worse than that, and even worse than Gillies on Clutterbuck.  I really, really disliked this hit, and given Cooke’s rep, I think the NHL is well within their bounds to drop the hammer.

Given that Lemieux/Shero/Bylsma have made so much noise about protecting players and punishing the guys doing the damage, the NHL knows they can’t make a fuss if they suspend big.  I’ll take ten minimum.

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10 Responses to “Kiss The Ring, Bitches”
  1. Sherry says:

    It sounding like it’s going to be at least 10 I think. I’m still not over feeling nauseated about the whole g-damn mess (kinda like I felt after Rothlisberger’s second rape accusal). It’s almost like Cooke has some deep seated self revulsion that keeps him from moving onto a higher plane and staying there. Really perplexing when things were going so “well” for him and the team.

    From what I’ve read, the organization/team has dropped the hammer on him internally (although stopping short of just shipping him out, etc, etc).

    Yeaaaaaa, I am so looking forward to tonight’s game with the Redwings (not).

    But this is funny http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6CcxJQq1x8&fe

  2. Jeff says:

    season plus 1st round is what is being reported

  3. Nick says:

    10 games to close out his season should be the call here.
    If Gillies got 9 & 10 for his blindside elbows and repeat offender status, shouldn’t that apply here?
    Really, Lemieux should have put his money where his mouth is and suspended Cooke indefinitely himself pending the league’s decision. It would give him credibility, and make life easier for the league.
    It would purely be theater to make a point, but in the timing and in the context what Lemieux’s personal statements this month it would be appropriate theater.

    Also, how in the world does Matt Cooke get to wear an “A”?
    I realize there are dirty players who can be team leaders, like Pronger, Messier, or Stevens, but Cooke? Wearing Malkin’s “A”? Really?

  4. Nick says:

    Just posted on NHL.com, Cooke suspended remaining 10 games of season, plus the first round.
    That’s 14-17 games, a strong step-up and amazingly good decision from Colin Campbell!!!

    http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=556768&navid=DL|NHL|home

  5. mikeb says:

    I still think Evander Kane dropping Matt Cooke was a great moment for the NHL.

    I’m not happy with the suspension (would have liked a don’t step on the ice again this year suspension) but I’m not angry with it either, nice to see them tossing a few playoff games in there.

  6. Joe G. says:

    Guys like Cooke, Steve Ott, etc. need to have their effectiveness minimized. The current NHL brass seem ill-equipped to address it, so here’s an idea. The need a committee on common sense. Start with Brendan Shanahan, who seems to be contributing some good to the league already. Throw in Cam Neely and Gary Roberts, two guys who played both tough and honorably (the second part is lost on a some of the current players). Let them make disciplinary decisions on the morons of the league. The league made a step in the right direction with Cooke, but I don’t care how effective he is, or what a good guy he is off the ice, that kind of player isn’t needed, especially if the league plans on addressing some of their injury concerns.

  7. Sherry says:

    Well said Joe. I have a great deal of respect for Shanahan (and Roberts), and feel if anyone can get something done, those guys can.

    I do think that the NHL got it right this time, and am happy that the organization has publicly hung Matt out to dry as well (both actions going against the usual NHL grain). Not ready to give up completely on Cooke yet, but I guess I’m just a glutton for punishment (Steelers fan).

  8. jtbourne says:

    Sherry, Joe G, I agree. I think the league needs to assign the role of disciplinarian to a player (or three) that have played in the NHL within the past ten (or go crazy and say 15) years. It’s tough to make decisions on what’s legal when it’s a whole new ballgame from when you played – I regularly think my father and father-in-law’s opinions are bonkers on the current NHL. Of course, that means all of us are FAR less informed (having never played in the NHL), but that’s fine to admit. Get the right people making those decisions, I say.

  9. Joe G. says:

    Justin, what would your Dad or Mr. Gillies say about what would be done with a guy like Cooke in their day? Maybe I didn’t notice because I was a kid back then, but it seems like a guy like Cooke would have his ass handed to him on a regular basis, and all that courage would go away pretty quick. Maybe I’m crazy, but the way things were handled back then didn’t bother me (the fighting and the bench clearers never bothered me, usually seemed to have a reason it happened), but these types of players like Cooke and Ott only exist because of the lack of accountability there seems to be anymore.

    Funny, two of the players I hated/ hate the most, Cooke and Ulf Samuellson, both spent a majority of their career with the Penguins. Mario didn’t seem to mind Ulfie’s act back in the day, and I’d love to hear his thoughts on Cooke now, especially in light of that statement he made a while ago.

  10. I always keep a keen eye on NHL suspensions. So often they seem soft, but Cooke’s is just about right. I still can’t help but think he should have been done for the year (call it 10 plus playoffs, and if eliminated, four games per round missed to be carried over into 2011-12).
    As much as I would love to have seen the NHL “drop the hammer” on Cooke, the league does a pretty decent job with suspensions and fines.
    Take a look at baseball. The MLB brass are just now coming around to actually caring about the integrity of the game. I’m a guy that has not problem with the hit-and-be-hit philosophy of a bean ball. If a guy prances to first after a bomb, sure, go ahead an plunk him next time.
    But MLB seems to be on the Charmin side of soft when it comes to punishment, even with (non-PED related) repeat offenders.
    Contrast that with the NFL, which seems to suspend people for not sneezing snot in team colors. Goodell and Co. rule with and iron fist — and boot. Yet there are glaring inconsistencies. Kill dogs, get two years off. Kill a human and we’ll see you in six months.
    I think the NHL has done a pretty good job of walking the tightrope of too lenient and off-the-wall absurd. You can never make everyone happy, but they seem to do a good job of everyone wanting just a little bit more or less.

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