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Minnesota paper compares Matt Cooke to Breaking Bad’s Walter White

Sep 25, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

St. Paul, Minnesota doesn’t have a lot in common with Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Wild probably aren’t the NHL’s closest answer to Breaking Bad.*

Still, kudos to the Pioneer Press for promoting a story about Matt Cooke‘s efforts to reform by using the critically acclaimed TV show’s font and color scheme, as you can see via this screen grab from The Score’s Thomas Drance:


Naturally, if the 35-year-old forward’s alteration followed Walter White’s metamorphosis, then his actions would only become more polarizing. (Must resist Breaking Bad spoilers.)

Plenty of arguments cropped up when stories about his turnaround surfaced in Pittsburgh media starting in 2011-12, but even Cooke admitted to the Pioneer Press that it’s still a learning process.

“(The transformation) is not going to be complete until I’m done playing because I’m not naive enough to think that because technically I’m not a repeat offender that all those other things won’t quickly be put back into the media,” Cooke said. “It’ll be something that goes on for the rest of my career. I’ve prepared myself for that.”

So, the hope is that Cooke continues on his opposite-of-Heisenberg path. Just be warned if he sports a black fedora before games.

* – Here are two better guesses: the Phoenix Coyotes (for cheating death and desert climates) or the Toronto Maple Leafs for the “no one knows what might happen next” feeling … although would that make Brian Burke hockey’s Gustavo Fring?

  1. runhigh24 - Sep 25, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    I’ve got a feeling, this will DEFINITELY be the article that convinces fans that Matt Cooke is a changed man who should be forgiven for all past transgressions.

  2. cheesesteak75 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Best of luck Cookie!

  3. ashtongronholz8 - Sep 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    If I want to be a consistent fan I can’t say he is a changed man and deserves a chance. Although hockey is a mans sport I don’t agree with certain play styles. Ill wait till halfway through the season to make my judgement

  4. martysbetter - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Have fun cheering for this scumbag, Wild fans.

    • gooterbaby - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      Thank you, and God bless!

      • allday420ap - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        Hes also similar to Todd

  5. alexo0 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    It’s probably because he will also be without a job after this season.

    • hockey412 - Sep 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      I’m thinking he’ll have a job for the next three seasons….just a sneaky hunch….

  6. joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    It’s difficult to change old habits on and off the ice. Cooke has certainly come along way. One thing for sure, this guys shows up every night to play. No cruising in his game. So, kudos for that. His high energy game will help the wild, and he’s won a SC and Gold Medal with Canada.

    • valoisvipers - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      You are right on the money again Joey. I would take Cooke on my team any day.

      • joey4id - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        😉 nice to see you around here. Another puck drop coming soon.

  7. President Charles Logan - Sep 26, 2013 at 4:10 PM


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