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‘You have to be ready to respond’: Wild, Yeo address retaliation for Benn elbow on Cooke

Jan 21, 2014, 10:36 AM EDT

The Wild and Stars will meet tonight for the first time since Saturday’s terse affair, one that saw Dallas captain Jamie Benn go unpenalized for this elbow to the head of Minnesota’s Matt Cooke:

Benn also escaped supplemental discipline from the league and, on Monday, Wild head coach Mike Yeo addressed the situation at hand.

“Things happen in games and certainly you have to be ready to respond,” Yeo said, per the Pioneer Press. “We know that we’re going to have to play a hard, physical game regardless of who’s in the lineup.

“But we also have to makes sure that our sights are set on us and what we need to do to be successful.”

The Wild have been faced with a similar situation once already this season. Back in early October, the club had an opportunity to exact revenge on L.A. captain Dustin Brown, who sidelined Jason Pominville with an elbow to the face at the end of the last season. Brown was suspended for a pair of games, but Pominville missed five with a concussion.

Zenon Konopka, who is no longer with the Wild, was acutely aware of the situation — “You get a chance to legally hit [Brown] clean, you’re going to throw that hit,” he said — but nothing actually transpired during the game.

As such, it’ll be interesting to see what transpires tonight.

  1. amityvillefun - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    No tears for Matt Cooke.

    “Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

    • micasa81 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Fine, but no applause for Jamie Benn either.

    • c9castine - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      thats stupid.

    • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      That’s a little silly, though. Cooke was fine, just thought it should have been called. And he’s right, though I wouldn’t have suspended him that hit was nasty. You constantly call out players like Cooke, but are just fine with Lucic/Thornton/Chara/Marchand. Credibility becomes an issue.

      • dmichael66 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

        guessing you aren’t a Bruins fan ?

      • hockey412 - Jan 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        Nothing against them (the original poster is a Bruins fan, was why those references were made).

  2. sjsharks66 - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Is Rupp still with the Wild? Who is their main tough guy? Im sure Benn will answer the bell and that will be that. He should have gotten a game or two at least.

    • sknut - Jan 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Rupp is still with the Wild, although he has been a healthy scratch of late, other than him its Villuex or Stoner maybe the Wild don’t have ‘tough’ guys really. A regulation win would be the best revenge. Get the two points and leave the rest behind.

      • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:24 PM

        Agreed…the Wild are clinging to a wild card spot at this point. Just put Cooke on the ice whenever Benn is out there and let them beat each other with body blows. Cooke can flatten a player better than anyone else his size, let him get his own revenge (cleanly, hopefully).

  3. strictlythedanks - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Stoner needs to stone this has-benn and get a regulation win to go along with it.

    The nhl should be ashamed at their lack of discipline on this blatant cheap shot.

    • harrbenj - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      The “has-benn” that’s on Canada’s Olympic squad?

      Benn should never have done that and yes the NHL should have suspended him a game or two. But people are acting like he’s Patrick Kaleta all of a sudden for an offense that at most should have been a 2-gamer

  4. joey4id - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Memo to Yeo: You’re far from being assured of a spot in the playoffs right now. Best of you focus on the 2 points as opposed to the retribution. Saving your job by making the playoffs should be more important.

    I’m not a Pen’s fan nor am I being paid by the NHL.

    Joey 😉

    • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      It actually sounded to me like that is what he was saying. Must have been more to the question than what was quoted here.

      • joey4id - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        I’m not saying that’s what he said; however, based on the headline I just wanted to offer my take on how I think they should NOT respond. There is a time for everything, and sometimes it’s better if it’s not immediate.

        I’m not a Pens fan, and, mp1131211, I’m not being paid by the NHL


      • hockey412 - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Yeah, I gotcha – I expected to be in disagreement with Yeo’s comments, but I understood and think the headline may have been open to misinterpretation. They should just put cooke on the ice every time Benn is out there. Give him 15-18 minutes and he’s bound to get him back.

      • joey4id - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

        Dallas is 1 8 1 in the last 10, so they too must be hungry for a win. Right now everything the teams do has to be about making the playoffs. Which, BTW, is why I disagree with Vancouver’s actions in recent games. Don’t risk losing big time pts for retribution. There is too much money at risk for your team’s organization if you don’t make the playoffs.

  5. montrealbbr - Jan 21, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    Id say it was karma but Cooke didn’t come away with a season ending injury.

    • dmichael66 - Jan 22, 2014 at 8:14 AM


  6. endusersolutions2013 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    The NHL unfortunately places too much emphasis on whether the guy on the receiving end is injured or not. Try an take another player out but miss the right part of the head by an inch – no problem, vs the same hit landed differently or on another player with a resulting suspension.

    He did an intentional head shot. Suspension should be a “no brainer”.

  7. cliffatola - Jan 21, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    If the NHL was serious about hits to the head Benn would have sat or at least been fined, just goes to show you they aren’t serious about cleaning things up. Defensive or not it is still a hit to the head, the amount of inconsistency in how the league disciplines players is laughable.

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