Matt Cooke on Tyutin, Two Beauty Goals, Subban and GillShareThis
New Hockey Primetime: On Phil Kessel and being the whipping boy. Haven’t even submitted it yet, was antsy to blog today. Should be up by noon MST. (link to Hockey Primetime.com)
As I’m sure you’ve heard or seen by now, yesterday Matt Cooke ran Fedor Tyutin from behind – and I mean, numbers showing, no turning, from behind from behind - and will likely recieve a suspension for that today. He damn well better.
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News and I got into it a little bit on twitter after he made comments that it’s the NHL to blame, not Cooke for his actions (although he did end up going with “both,”). He started his case with this argument:
Pit bull owners say the dogs are docile but can have anger bred into them. Matt Cooke is hockey’s pit bull: reared & rewarded by his owners.
We took our disagreement to both private messages and public, largely discussing this issue itself in private ones, with my argument being that every player in the league plays under the same rules, so when one idiot continues to be a repeat offender, we can’t deflect the blame from him to the league the way we would rightfully deflect the blame from angry pitbulls to pitbull owners (we can assume by “owners,” he means those that raise them to fight). It’s just not the same thing – we’re humans, and are responsible for our own decision-making a touch more than dogs. We can’t let that (on-ice) animal off the hook for his actions, which is what I felt Proteau was doing.
In the end, Adam and I really did come to agree on the issue, we just needed to work our way to that common ground. Bottom line is, the NHL needs to be tougher on him, and he needs to quit putting players’ bodies and lives in danger with his reckless play. If he doesn’t, and the NHL doesn’t suspend him appropriately for this, Adam and I will agree: both parties will be implicit.
Part of me wonders if the Cooke incidents are happening more (if they aren’t, it sure feels like they are. But maybe that’s social media) because his game is in decline – not so much statistically this year, he’s just less effective as an Alex Burrows-esque agitator.
In that role (if you’re enough of a clod to choose to play with such disrespect), you’re “supposed” to get away with cheap shots behind the play, outskate your opponent up the ice and make him catch you for a retalitory penalty in front of the ref. I feel like he’s losing it a bit, and has to do the blatant stuff to remind us what his “role” is. Otherwise teams would say take your 30 points and go home.
Whatever it is, it’s awful to watch, and scary to think about what could happen if the NHL doesn’t put him back in his cage for awhile.
Such a hard shot, from that angle, that high, against Fleury, off the post…. Just, wow:
And I mean…. can you sell that slapper any harder, any better before leaving your teammate with an empty-net tap-in? McDonald to Backes, wow:
Really good story here by Arpon Basu, writing about some media members misinterpreting comments from Gill to Subban, and writing a post about Subban being bad in the room. (Bob McKenzie tweeted the story this a.m., PD may have linked it yesterday.)
I never understood reporters in the dressing room drawing their own conclusions on stuff like this (and clearly Basu doesn’t either).
I can tell you first hand, the relationship between older veterans and rookies is hilarious, because oftentimes, the old vets intentionally ride the younger guys to the point of absolute hilarity. It’s always tongue-in-cheek, it’s always very paternal, and once in awhile old man winter will smile just so everybody remembers it’s all a joke.
There are, undeniably, generational differences that lead those older players to dislike, or not get, some of the young guys. But as the article mentions, you almost always find a way to at least co-exist.
As for Subban throwing his jersey on the floor? Learning not to do that isn’t “becoming a pro.” You know not to do that in junior hockey. Bad form, PK.
In the end, I like Subban and all his flair. Always exciting to see what he’s gonna do next.