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NHL suspends Matt Cooke four games for hit on Fedor Tyutin

Feb 9, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

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The NHL has weighed in on Matt Cooke and his disgusting hit from behind on Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin and they’ve suspended the infamous Penguins forward for four games.

Earlier today, I spoke out firmly about the NHL’s need to set an example that Cooke’s style of play in consistently crossing the line and endangering his opponents should not be tolerated. A four game band for Cooke doesn’t exactly send the message intended but serves as a warning to him that further instances, ideally, will end up having stiffer penalties from the league office.

With the league office operating under such secretive means in how it doles out punishment from on high we’re never quite sure what their ruling will be, but a four game suspension in this case shows the NHL is showing signs of getting away from the “no blood, no foul, no punishment” means of doing their job.

Given Cooke’s résumé of work the last two seasons alone in how he’s been able to skirt by without getting sat down the NHL missed an opportunity to hand down a punishment befitting a guy of Cooke’s ilk. Cooke’s objectionable play not only does a disservice to the league but also to his injury-decimated team that has to fill his spot with another youngster for the next four games. With Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Mark Letestu all out having to fill the spot of another important player for a selfish play makes life harder for the Penguins on the ice.

If there’s an angle to Cooke’s play that coach Dan Bylsma has to approach to him it should be something along those lines. We know Bylsma like Cooke playing with an edge to his game, but stirring up this brand of trouble just makes things worse for Pittsburgh on and off the ice.

  1. ftrain021 - Feb 9, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    Wow, I’m surprised that there’s no comments from Pittsburgh Penguins fans on this post yet! I try not to read them too often, as at the end of the day, all I’m reading is: WAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! WAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH! They sound a lot like their captain.

    And I have not seen this hit so I can’t comment on it per say, but I can say I’ve seen Matt Cooke several times involved in a very dirty hit and the NHL needs to start doling out 10-20 game suspensions so losers like this really get the message. Ask one of my favorite all time players about concussions, Keith Primeau, and he most likely would have enjoyed a much longer career if it weren’t for BS like this.

  2. galuple - Feb 9, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    I remember when Cooke was in Vancouver. Once AV came to town he made sure Cooke got shipped out to somewhere else so he would be someone else’s problem. He should be suspended for longer since he’s a repeat offender and it seems like hes just too stupid to get the message with these shorter suspensions.

  3. Chris Ross - Feb 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    I don’t think 4 games was enough for a guy who is constantly in the news for this kind of crap. He didn’t even get suspended for the knee on knee to Ovechkin and 4 games isn’t going to deter these guys from doing these dirty things at any point in the future. It’s not just Cooke, other guys now see how bad Cooke has been, yet he only gets 4 games. All this stuff is just getting way out of hand and I put the blame squarely on the NHL head office. They’ve just done a terrible job of monitoring things and penalizing people for illegal acts. Also, idk what happened to Cooke because he doesn’t need to do this stuff. I swear in Vancouver, where he was a fan favourite, he never pulled this kinda stuff. I don’t think I could have been that blind not to remember that, could I?

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/nhl-head-shots/

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