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Matt Cooke’s biggest Monday confrontation: A writer

Apr 23, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

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Early in Monday’s game, Ottawa Senators tough guy Chris Neil attempted to challenge Pittsburgh Penguins agitator Matt Cooke to a fight to avenge Erik Karlsson‘s seemingly accidental (or was it?) injury, but Cooke declined.

Perhaps it was because Cooke had his fill of confrontations after a strange exchange with Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.

Here’s how that uncomfortable conversation played out, at least according to Brennan’s column:

Cooke must have read the Ottawa Sun on his way to the rink because something in it clearly had him rattled. And I’m still not sure which part.

After listening to Cooke answer questions about the Feb. 13 incident in which his skate sliced 70% of the way through Erik Karlsson’s Achilles tendon, I went to speak with other players in the room about different matters. Like every other reporter there. On the way out, I found Cooke waiting to have a word in private with me.

He wanted to tell me I have no balls. At first I think he said “small balls.” But by the time he had finished, and knew Penguins GM Ray Shero was listening, he had decided I had none. Oh, and I believe he also mumbled something about me having no penis before disappearing into the players-only room, which I found interesting.

Well, OK.

Later in the piece, Brennan uses the following line to slam Cooke for his perceived unwillingness to “answer the bell.”

Maybe he should grow a set of his own before worrying about mine.

The natural question is: did an urge to get revenge distract a Senators team that had a lot more on the line than the Penguins, who beat Ottawa 3-1? Senators players told that wasn’t the case.

“I don’t think we were too preoccupied,” Kyle Turris said. “Everyone knew what was going on beforehand and we just had to go out and play our game. We didn’t do that.”

Regardless, it’s easy to tell that the Senators believed that the 34-year-old pest disregarded “the code.”

“Media and fans ask us about it every day,” Zack Smith said. “There’s not much you can do. [Cooke] is not going to go out there and be accountable for what he did. So we tried to put that behind us as best we could.”

After the game, Cooke expressed relief in finally getting the game “out of the way.” It doesn’t seem like the Senators are totally satisfied, however.

Related: Mike Milbury calls Cooke a “skunk.”

  1. whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    Pens wins – Flyers suck. They cry about injuries ruining their season. Is not the injuries Cryer fans…..all teams go through it. It’s the fact that your team doesn’t have the balls to play hard in front of Napping Bear.

    And Ottawa can suck it! Cooke is no angle and I am not even going to defend him. But the Sens employ a knucklehead too. And what “code” was Cooke hiding from? The Karlsson play was an accident – so there was no bell to be answered or whatever… piss off!

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      Oh good, another solid comment from a Penguins fan. Why even bring up the Flyers? You’ve clearly been the better team over the last 20 years so why the inferiority complex?

      • whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        Boo hoo!

      • sjsblitz - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        Philly could finish 30th in the league and Pens fans will forever remain insecure about them.

      • maalea - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:44 AM

        A classic example of “Little brother syndrome”.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:53 AM

      Pepe le pew ” a pitiful case am I not “

      • crosberries - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Great attempt at French because clearly English was not your first language either hahaha durp!!

      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Pepe le Pew was a cartoon skunk back in the day you dopey fu#k

      • ironman721 - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        Pepe le pew reference, Outsanding👍

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      Since we are gonna bring up Philly in an aticle that has nothing to do with philly wouldn’t that be defined as trolling yourself ?

      Phillies 3 Pirates 2

      • whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM

        there is a link EiggleBalls…..Pens are beat up and winning….Flyers are a bunch of losers and their fans complained about injuries all season long.

      • crosberries - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Haha so says king troll himself eiggles! No one gives a crap about the baseball game besides the couple thousand in attendance. Go on over to prosoftballtalk you troll

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:09 AM

      Seriously,why bring Philly into this? Leave them alone.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      A) You are a tool

      B) Flyers whining about injuries…..huh??

      C) Cooke is a piece of sh*t…..everybody except you a$$ clowns know it and he will have to pay the piper one day……count on it

      D) See A

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Cooke should win the Masterton. He’s a great hockey player. He was awesome last night. Outplayed everyone on the Ottawa team.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

        He should win The Masterbater Award……

      • badintent - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        Brian \burke will be happy to have Bertuzzi smash him a la Rob Moore. Just kidding Brian…………………………. say hi to Hazel for me. I am NOT the father.

    • doubles22 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Classic case of the Pen thinking the pen’s sword is not very mighty.

  2. hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    I think Cooke is a giant sack of poop, (apparently you can’t write sh*t), but I like that he confronted the writer. The media shouldn’t have carte blanche to steamroll players and not have to answer for it.

    • badintent - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      JUst Sue them ! Ask Burke about that. Lots of Jewish lawyers with nothing to do , no ambulances to chase, no mob boys to defend, Gloria Allred is maxed out.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:21 PM

        Gloria Allred does not chase ambulances and the Burke case is Canadian law, which does not have a similar charge for public figures in the US.
        It’s great that you feel the need to espouse your ignorance but take it somewhere else.

  3. thehighcountrybear - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:14 AM

    What a pant load…

    We’re onto the ‘code’ again, itself a variable set of hidden rules dictated by some mythical correlation between manliness and overt willingness to have one’s brains scrambled by someone less possessed of a functioning brain!

    In spite of his dubious history and apparent flaws as a hockey player, Cooke is wrongly maligned in the Karlsson achilles injury…period!

    Cooke was caught wrong-footed, was off balance going in to the takeout, stepped down to catch himself, then caught his skate blade on Karlsson’s tendon guard…no one, not even a Rhodes Scholar like Cooke could think and react fast enough to make that action as product of deliberate or premeditated thought?

    The tendon guard turned the blade and a sliced tendon resulted, end of…so why should Cooke have to answer the bell and in so doing, validate claims of intent on his part?

    And why should Brennan be permitted to get into a one-on-one verbal exchange with a player such as Cooke, then run with the tittle tattle into his Ottawa Sun offering after which it was carried into general forums [ hint: Ottawa Sun ]?

    I’ll give this to Cooke, his assessment of Brennan’s package, empty or otherwise appears to be bang-on…

    • kicksave1980 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      I hear what you’re saying, and I’m definitely not sticking up for sportswriters here. That said, you talk about the code, and so many are talking about “the code” being childish. Regardless of how you feel about a “code” on the ice, you can’t have it both ways. If we’re calling the code childish, what do we call it when someone gets upset over something that someone said or wrote about them? That, to me, is more childish than holding someone accountable for something on the ice (even though I don’t think that Cooke hurt Karlsson intentionally).

      From the sounds of it, Cooke was waiting for the writer and said what he had to say. I have no problem with that, but seriously…why does Matt Cooke even CARE what this guy said about him? So the ‘code’ is childish, but throwing a temper tantrum when someone who writes for a newspaper out of your own market isn’t?

    • maalea - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Then why should Cooke be permitted to get into a one on one with a writer and when he’s had his say run like a little p*ssy into the players only room?

    • monkeyredandsmiley - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Accident or not (accident), Cooke needed to drop the gloves and get it over with. A couple of haymakers would have been thrown and it would have lasted 20 seconds.

      • miketoasty - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

        Why? Why did he NEED to fight? That makes no sense at all. Why risk a hand/head injury when you are a smallish player, and have never been known for fighting? That’s just complete stupidity. If Neil wanted a fight he should have done it with Mac or Murray, I wouldn’t expect Crosby or Malkin to fight because they accidentally hurt someone, nor would I think Ottawa would want Spezza or Alffie to fight just because they accidentally hurt someone.

  4. chanceoffleury1 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    Ottawa needs to just move past it. It’s ridiculous that this has gotten to the point it has. By the GM and owner and beat writers and everyone firing all this up and blowing it out of proportion, they put in the players mind that it was something that needed to be avenged. That getting revenge on Matt Cooke was more important than winning a game that that was really a must win for them. It was Ottawa’s game to lose and they showed how young they really are by letting a single player get in their heads the way they did.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:11 AM

      Oh you mean how the Flyers get in The Penguins’ head????……hhhhmmmmm

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

        lol one fluke playoff series doesnt mean the flyers are in the pen’s heads… look at the results in the past 20 + years …. 98% of the flyers fans who post on this forum weart even born yet or dont even remember 1975

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        Agreed…..that’s what happens when ownership accepts sucking A$$ for a decade and accumulating top picks and getting lucky with the talent that came out those years…..good for you
        Flyers ownership will NOT accept complacency and will do whatever it takes to win a cup, it may not work all the time BUT at least they’re not going quietly into the night like Pitt did for all those years…….So please……bring on the “thumbs down”……freaking juice drinking zealots.

  5. bman7206 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    Pens first round exit.

    • drone501 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      you got to be kidding, right?

  6. canucks30 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Sorry, but nothing will ever top this:

  7. mclovinhockey - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Whammy, how come every time I point out that you used to be crosberries before you stop using that account and get a new one?

    Lets face it, you are not the brightest tool in the deck, unless Pitt is filled with people who have an IQ of a toddler, it won’t be hard to figure out who you are.

    • whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      wrong! try again!

      • drone501 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:22 AM

        you want whammy you got to go thru me and that ain”t happening. lol

    • crosberries - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      Wrong person dbag glad your a fan though

  8. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    There was no ‘code’ for this, for gods sake…thats just retarded and i’d like to think OTT is smarter than that. If Karlsson wants a go at Cooke then fine. Neil already took his shots. This crap is just a rouse to keep the ottawa fans interested in an ‘eh’ hockey team. Neil was offered a fight if he needed one – big mac or murray. He declined. Cooke had no reason to fight and ottawa looked horrible because of this garbage. Cooke should have got the first star in the game.

  9. csilojohnson - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Cooke should get first star. They are lying to themselves if there going to say he did not distract them at all. Bunch of butt hurt hypocrites in Ottawa.

  10. buffalo65 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Cooke is an angle?? Please explain

    • theageofquarrel - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      90° angle maybe?

    • maalea - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      Judging his behavior, I would say the correct answer is obtuse.

  11. theageofquarrel - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Who cares what that pile of crap in Ottawa has to say. Bottom line is that Ottawa needed those 2 points last night to keep in the race and they failed because they were to preoccupied with Cooke. And this was a Penguin team that had 7 starters out. Good job Ottawa!!!!

  12. sjsharks66 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Jesus christ, Ottawa. GET OVER IT.

  13. footballfan - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    I was amazed how the game went last night. I have to agree, Ottawa needs to get over Matt Cooke and the accident and start playing hockey. If they get lucky and end up the #8 seed are they going to play like idiots the whole series against the Pens? I sure as hell hope not.

  14. dchambers144 - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    F this code crap; no one follows it any more. But if you want to look at Cooke’s adherence to the code; he fought a bigger Shawn Thorton after the Savard incident when by the code, he should have only had to fight a guy his same size. There was no intent to hurt Karlson so he should not have had to fight. Regardless of that, a bigger Chris Neil tries to fight Cooke which would be against the code. Yet Neil declines to fight a bigger Macintrye. Ottawa fans don’t want to admit it but Chris Neil is Matt Cooke; Cooke just has better offensive upside. Oh, and I don’t try to pretend that Cooke is an angel (or angle if you want) as 2 year of relatively clean play do not make up for13 years of chippy (dirty?) play.

    • homelanddefense - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:49 AM

      where in the code does it say that you only have to fight guys your size? If you go after a teams top player with a dirty hit you have to answer…usually with the enforcer.

      Oh, and Thornton isnt that big, he is only about 10 pounds bigger than Cooke.

      • dchambers144 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Agreed on the size; I should have said more established fighters which Neil and Thorton certainly are. Most of what I’ve read about the “code” says guys of similar abilities fight each other (i.e. midweight vs midweight). If that’s not the case, Steve Macintrye should have been sent after Gionta for his perceived incident that resulted in a Fleury injury. I don’t think that would have gone over well (extreme example notwithstanding).

      • homelanddefense - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        oh, and for the record, I gave Cooke props for fighting Thornton. He knew it was coming and obliged. And it ended after that. When a guy takes his medicine it usually calms the situation, which is why hockey is unique.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      chippy…..not by a long shot…..Cooke is a dirty player….

  15. malkinrulez - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    All that matters another Pens win. Cooke> Neil

    • rdurk86 - Apr 23, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Ringing endorsement.

  16. nosefacekillah - Apr 23, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Cooke is the biggest scumbag in the game. He plays the dirtiest when he thinks there will be no retribution. He is the definition of a coward. But this is understandable as he plays for a team that endorses this type of behavior. Cooke and Neal target heads and knees while Crosby whines to the refs about phantom hooking calls.

    But we know why the act as they do. They have an owner that has never questioned the behavior of his own team while constantly berating others across the league. Mario whined during his career and continues to whine as an owner. His “take my puck and go home” attitude has done more damage to hockey than his superior skills ever benefited it.

    The GM demands others apologize when they speak ill of his team yet has no problems with the collusion used to get Iginla. He is hailed in Pitt as a genius but the rest of the world knows that Pitt gets to play by a different set of rules in fear of Mario stomping his feet and calling it quits.

    • myroncopesflask - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Noseface I hope you realize how stooooooopid you look with each word you crapped all over your post. I’m not sure what team you are a fan of but you when you write a post in which you judge somebody it really does help to take the facts into consideration.

      You say that Mario never questioned the actions of his own team? Look up his comments after each dirty hit by Cooke. You say Mario whined alot as a player? What did he whine about?

      You say Mario has a take my puck and go home attitude? Please state one example of that? I think if he had that type of attitude he would have told the Pens/NHL that he wants to collect every penny of the $45 million that was owe to him by the shady owner of the Pens.

      People like you are a microcosm of what is wrong with our society! You take the freedom of speech as a license to spew ingorance. Dumbass!

      • nosefacekillah - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        “You say that Mario never questioned the actions of his own team? ”

        He whines about dirty hits and employs the league worst offender. Actions speak louder than words. Mario speaking to Cooke behind closed doors does not count. The Penguins NEVER suspended Cooke.

        “What did he whine about? ”

        “If the events relating to Friday night reflect the state of the league, I need to re-think whether I want to be a part of it.” Super Whiner Mario Feb 13, 2011

        Mario Lemieux likes the NHL’s new rules that limit hooking and holding and

        ” Blackhawks defenseman Chris Chelios said of the Pittsburgh superstar. “Mario’s the reason why we got the new rules. He was the one doing all the complaining the last few years.” Chelios commenting on the Mario’s whining during his playing days. There are many incidents of Mario threatening to quit if the NHL did not stop players from checking him. Google it.

        I know you have a soft spot for the Penguins but there is a reason they are universally hated. Nobody likes a sore loser.

    • miketoasty - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      What’s wrong with how he got Iginla? Iginla had a no trade clause which basically allows him to pick which team he wants to go to or just stay where he is. So your saying if the Florida Panthers offer a slightly better trade but he chooses to not go there, there is something wrong with that?

      • nosefacekillah - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Crosby admitted communicating with Iginla. I have no problem with Iginla choosing Pittsburgh, as you mention he had a no trade. Iginla earned the rights to go anywhere he wanted but the Penguins were at minimum operating in the gray area.

      • whammy71 - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:29 AM

        Maybe Iggy saw the Pens pick up Morrow and Crankshaft……then decided Pittsburgh was where he wanted to be.

        What…..Iggy and Sid can’t talk. Then you are saying no other players talk to any of their opponents away from the rink. What a stupid effing statement.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      As much as I love a good conspiracy theory, this isn’t college football, and there’s no “tampering” rule for you to use in this one.

      Unfortunately for Boston, Iginla was operating under something called “free will”…and while Boston may be able to buy out all of Sweden to get Soderberg over here so quickly, Iginla still had every right to sign his own deal. After seeing the class exhibited by Boston last weekend, I can think of about 17,565 reasons that Iginla might not want to play for Boston.

      Not sure what your rant has to do with the article, though. Cooke is a good hockey player. Hasn’t done anything wrong, and deserves the Masterton. He made Ottawa look silly yesterday. At the beginning of the year, I was hoping they’d just let his contract expire, but now after seeing his play for another whole year, I hope they resign him.

      Your crap about Mario is just plain stupid, no realistic reason to give it credibility.

      • nosefacekillah - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        “Cooke…..deserves the Masterton” Whose credibility? I gave proof of Mario whining and you want to give the Masterton to guy because he has not been suspended in a season and half. 98% of the league would qualify.

        As for tampering, NHL By-Law 15.1 expressly prohibits any member (player or employee) of a team from discussing employment with another team. Crosby admitted communicating but Iginla wisely pulled a Sgt. Shultz.

        You should really understands the rules before you run your mouth.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM

        OK you whiney butthurt doucheball – Crosby isn’t an officer of the team charged with employment matters, now….is he. Your crybaby sh*t is best suited for baseball…no matter what the Pens do, you’ll have a reason it’s wrong…Murray and the boys can bring in forensics experts for Cooke…buy sureeeeeee…Mario’s the cryer…The Boston organization can claim foul play (much like yourself!) and embellishment every time they lose a player or game…but yeeeaaaahhhhh Mario’s the complainer. What a terd.

      • nosefacekillah - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:40 PM

        Settle down there big guy. Man, that really must have hit a nerve.

        If you read the rule it does not matter what role the employee is in, no communication can take place between the parties regarding trades or signings while the player is under contract.

        But when Mario does not like the rules he just complains. The NHL still consider him untouchable and allows the organization to do as it wishes.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        You should just say “when the Pens win I feel sad” and save all the whiney bullsh*t.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

        Dam withdrawl……..have a nice cup of tea or take a walk….Nose just quoted the rules and Mario is a whiner…….Cooke is a d-bag cheap shot artist…….deep breath……..calm blue ocean…….calm blue ocean……..

      • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:25 PM

        And sitting over top the rest of the East 😦

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Yep…..for now…….

  17. miketoasty - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I guess if Crosby accidentally injures someone he too should step up to answer the bell and get his brain more rambled. I mean everyone’s talking about this unwritten code, it should apply to everyone right?

  18. greenmtnboy31 - Apr 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    I have no doubt about Mike Milbury’s ability to recognize a skunk given the fact that he is one himself. Wasn’t he the guy bullying someone his own teenage kid’s age and now he has the gall to make a comment about a dirtball like Cooke? Cooke should get no benefit of the doubt on Karlsson’s injury or anything considering his history. He should be presumed guilty until conclusively proven otherwise.

    I find it incredible that vermin like Cooke could be so bold with a writer and making a comment like then when he’s a pro hockey player that is afraid to step up and take what’s coming for his dirty play.

    Cooke and Milbury deserve each other like dog poop and stink.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      His play wasn’t dirty – there was nothing to step up to. He has actually apologized, repeatedly, and also texted Karlsson. Anyone who really thinks Cooke needed to answer some imaginary bell cooked up by Ottawa management to take the fans minds off the fact that they’ve got crap on the ice is just buying in to a sham.

      Cooke lost them the game, and now they’re in 8th….don’t need a forensics expert (or maybe you do) to see that what they needed was focus, and they don’t have it. It was like they didn’t WANT to make the playoffs.

      I hope the Pens/Sens make round 1 together…that’d be a sweet dance. After seeing Neil cower after Murray put his big dumb ass into the boards, I doubt he’ll be much a factor. What a doucheball.

  19. doubles22 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Classic case of the Pen thinking the pen’s sword is not very mighty.

  20. haterzinc - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Haha I love the haterz and there pathetic comments, excuses, whining, and extensive research ( You guys are tools and deserve the penguins treatment….I.e. the pens keep winning and you CAN’T STAND IT….hahah

    • drewzducks - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Keep winning? Last I checked its all about winning the Cup. They’ve won as many as the Ducks, Canes and Lightning over the last 20 years. You speak of them as if they were a top franchise like the Wings or Devils.

      • haterzinc - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        Well over the last 20 years the pens have 3 cups. Throw in a Stanley cup appearance in 2008 for good measure. They have a ton of season victories + playoff victories. In the Crosby era they are winners. Hey, you have to start building somewhere and in the penguins case they started in 2006. So when the pens put together 10 – 15 – 20 years of excellence starting from 2006 will you retards start respecting the pens…..prob not. With some much parity in the league it is impossible to win back to back to back cups….lets be honest. The kings have a good shot at repeating this year but how much would you like to bet they do not win the Stanley cup this year!

      • haterzinc - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Well the canes, lighting and ducks have exactly 1 cup each for there entire existence. 3>1. Let me guess you a bandwagon hockey fan or you don’t know how to use The red wings and devils are fading teams…it happens in all sports, then the trolls come out a poke the bear. It’s a vicious circle.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        How many Peguin fans does it take to change a lightbulb????

        Thirty……1 to change the bulb…….29 to talk about how good the old bulb was…..

    • drewzducks - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      My team won 2 years ago ass hat and I’ve been watching hockey since Herron and Kehoe were playing, you know back before the Pens inferiority complex caused the team to change unis to black and gold in an attempt to grab on to some relevance such as your football and baseball teams had.

  21. eaglesbest - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Cooke is such a chump. If you wanna play on the edge then be prepared to pay the consequences of your actions. He has made a career of playing dirty and watching him refuse to fight Chris Neil last night was a joke. I wanna see someone just dummy him anyways regardless if he drops his gloves or not. Maybe someone should end his career like he did to Marc Savard with a nice elbow. That would be karma at its best.

    • miketoasty - Apr 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Or Marc Savard could have not returned too soon 2 or 3 times. You know we look at the initial hit but not everything that was done afterwards. The doctors should have held him out, the coach should have held him out, or he should have said to himself that maybe he should wait. He didn’t went and played and got concussed 2 more times. But oh let’s just but 100% of the blame on Cooke. Makes sense.

  22. President Charles Logan - Apr 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    of course flyers fans are going to comment on this article, they have nothing more going on these days lol

    • laxman1944 - Apr 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      That’s right chucky baby…… is kind of fun…..good observation by you…..kudos to you my good man…..kudos to you indeed…….now you better go clean up the basement before mom and dad get home or your in big trouble.

  23. myroncopesflask - Apr 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Wow Noseface you really are a mouth breathing window licker. Mario was not complaining about being checked he was complaining about the hooking and hold that took the speed and skill out of the game. The very things that took all of the offense out of the games making them boring to watch resulting in the NHL being reduced to niche sport within the sports world.

    Are saying that there is one owner that would not be upset with what happened in N.Y. the night when players were called up from the minors just to fight. One of those players hits a defenseless player from behing resulting in a injury than standing on the ice taunting him.

    When Matt Cooke had his last dirty hit the GM spoke with the media and told them the same thing they told Matt Cooke. If he does not change the way he plays he can no longer play for the pens.
    When I read your comments I can’t help but wonder how it is that you live your life. Are you a part of the real world or do you sit around in your Pj’s with the feet on them screaming for your mom to get you a bowl of fruit loops? it’s clear you have some type of ailment or condition that hold you back from thinking like a normal person.

  24. ironman721 - Apr 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Cooke’s production is not worth the drama or problems he brings to the team. He needs to be traded or cut.

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