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Avs’ Barrie out 4-6 weeks after Cooke’s knee-on-knee hit

Apr 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche lost Game 3 against the Minnesota Wild in overtime, but the biggest blow might have not have come courtesy of Mikael Granlund‘s game-winning goal.

Wild forward Matt Cooke got 22-year-old Tyson Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit in the second period that took the Avalanche defenseman out of the game. If you missed the incident, you can see it below:

Barrie suffered a MCL injury on the play and will consequently miss the next 4-6 weeks, according to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater. In other words, the Avalanche would need to go very deep into the playoffs for Barrie to even have a shot to return.

His injury will likely be considered when the league decides whether or not to suspend Cooke and, if they do, for how long. Cooke has a lengthy suspension history, but he has managed to avoid that level of punishment in recent years.

  1. tomas3345 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    When they suspend him not if they decide to. hopefully this idiot is out of the league, he is coming up to the age of retirement

  2. willrad00 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I was at the game and how he only got 2 minutes is beyond me. Whenever a guy sticks a knee out like that its should be treated as an attempt to injure, because these collisions almost always result in injury. Its not hard to NOT stick you knee out.

    • stakex - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:45 PM

      Well, that’s not really a true statement. Its actually pretty easy to accidently stick your knee out sometimes. Its sort of a natural reflex if a guy is going to beat you to try and get a piece of him…. it happens. Its actually pretty damn rare to see an intentional knee on knee hit since the person initiating the contact is just as likely to sustain a serious injury.

      However, none of that has anything to do with this hit. This wasn’t a split second reflex… Cooke leads with the knee the whole way. The call on the ice was bad, and Cooke is likely going to be sitting for a while.

      • willrad00 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:22 AM

        Most players learn by high school at the latest to resist any instinct to stick their knees out. I understand what your saying, but by the time these guys get to the pros they all know (or should know) how dangerous a play this is and have learned to keep their knees in.

  3. bruinpred - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Get crap from people calling for this d-bag to be out off the league on other posts. SEE m-f###ers.

    • sabatimus - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      I’d rather not, thanks.

    • tomas3345 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      INB4 people say that bruins are worse because of your name

  4. clarke16 - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    It was a hockey play–pure and simple. No suspension warranted, ladies…

    • 19to77 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Hope someone throws a hit like that on you one day, chief. I’d love to hear your opinion of it after having it happen to you.

      • clarke16 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:27 PM

        LOL Another Xbox all-star I see…

        As a 12 year old, I took a cross-check across the bridge of my nose…and that was just the start of fun day at the zoo over the next many years… This is HOCKEY. Hockey is a contact sport. Some people find that hard to handle. Is that you? I don’t know–why don’t you think about that while you’re baking me a nice loaf of banana bread, Nancy… :)

      • TBaySlim - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:18 AM

        @19to77- I had pretty much the same play happen to me in college, tore my mcl on the play an missed the rest of the season…the guy got 2 mins in the box an no suspension…hockey play sure, a bit cheap an dirty yep, get over it or move on…obviously im not a pro an my lil college hockey is meaningless compared to this but i hope the guy heals up well, its just part of hockey

      • nj666 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Clark you’re a moron, its also “physical contact” if someone smashes you in the face with a stick… do you just brush that off too. No because this is hockey not Nam’, there are rules.

      • clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Yes–I’m well aware of *rules*, nam… For example, it’s a universal rule of natural order that people like me get to LMFAO at nimrods like you whenever we feel like it. In fact–right now is a good time, plebe… :)

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Hockey play in what league? Montreal Penal?

      • clarke16 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        LOL Good one. Somebody with some wit here, eh? Imagine! 😉

    • tved12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Clarke I’m usually on your side, but I can’t agree with you here. That was a bad play, the Wild didn’t need it either. Too bad, Cooke was playing well for them and now he’s going to get himself a suspension.

      • clarke16 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        I respect your opinion, tved…but obviously disagree. Having said that–It’s possible they give him a game. Shanny certainly wouldn’t have. It’s a judgment call and unfortunately the league has shifted to a policy of handing out suspensions primarily based on whether there was an injury sustained by the player hit. Had there been no injury–he walks. The league’s supplemental discipline program is a joke in it’s inconsistency.

      • tved12 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:36 PM

        I agree, but you have to take his past into account here. Cooke is not going to get the benefit of the doubt, even from myself, a proclaimed Wild fan. I believe he deserves a suspension, but I’m not sure what the precedent is for knee on knee, especially with a long wrap sheet.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        “The league has shifted to a policy of handing out suspensions primarily based on whether there was an injury sustained by the player hit.” Incorrect. The league is not responsible for the shift and nor is it’s supplemental discipline program a joke. The NHL’s Dept of Player Safety makes disciplinary decisions based on the language contained in the CBA under ARTICLE 18 SUPPLEMENTARY DISCIPLINE FOR ON-ICE CONDUCT.

        “The CBA is the basic contract between the National Hockey League (NHL) team owners and the NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), designed to be arrived at through the typical labour-management negotiations of collective bargaining.”

    • sixchr - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Well you’re a moron.

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      I thought you were being sarcastic until I scrolled and read your replies. That’s astounding.
      Guess the stripes were impossible to paint over.
      Eugene was right all along (took a lot of heat on this site) and can now get refunded for #65’s salary for the majority of last year. :)

    • matt14gg - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:01 AM

      There’s nothing more painful than seeing a guy post his hockey resume in a post to somehow give him credibility. The fact the you got hit with a stick while playing for your dad on Pee Wee C has absolutely NOTHING to do with what happens in the NHL. Pathetic…I feel for you…but more so your dad…and your mom.

      • clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        LOL. So fragile and thin-skinned. Got cut way back in pee wee’s, eh Matt? Oh well, I bet you won the Lady Byng Trophy last year on Xbox NHL13! :)

    • micklethepickle - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:26 AM

      Pens fan, I presume?

  5. sabatimus - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Give Cooke 4 to 6 years.

    • 19to77 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      In a federal institution.

  6. jaybaileys - Apr 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    wow did not look good.

  7. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    He should be gone for the remainder of the playoffs, minimum.

    A permanent suspension wouldn’t be far fetched.

    Of course, the union will stick up for this scumbag.

    • clarke16 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      LOL! “A permanent suspension wouldn’t be far fetched.” It’s *Nancy night* at the brazillian spa, I see…

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        To condone a player with a consistent career history of intent to injure says more about you and less about the person condemning it.

        LOL indeed.

      • clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Yes…and being an indignant, self-righteous whiner who presumes to be all-knowing with regard to another’s intent say’s enough about you to be able to say that your time would be better served studying butterflies or something than watching hockey. It’s just too violent for your type…

    • lordfletcher - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:36 PM

      How those blinders looking now

      Wild looked great tonight eh?

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      The union will only make sure the league applies the supplemental discipline contained in the CBA which is an agreement between the NHLPA and NHL owners. Personally, I hope he gets suspended. But you can’t blame the union for standing up for their members.

  8. greej1938l - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:32 PM


  9. prd797 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Could’ve sworn he tried to put another knee-on-knee hit on somebody else earlier this season too.

    The notion that Cooke is a ‘completely reformed criminal’ is an obvious farce.

  10. sabatimus - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Anyone who sticks up for this POS is a complete jackass.

  11. jhaegs - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Then where’s Bickell’s suspension?

    • bustmustplus - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      I agree. Bickell’s was way worse. Cooke went for the hit and the guy made a move nothing else. Didn’t stick his knee way out. $134 fine and two minutes. Good enough. Most of you need to go back to your shanties. Glad Barrie got what was coming tehe!!!!!!!! Grow up idiots

      • mackattack29 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        Barrie got what was coming? You mean the player who solely focuses on offense and has barely even come close to hitting a player let alone a dirty play. He’s probably one of the nicest guys in the league and a human being. You need to get some help because you’ve got some serious problems.

  12. stakex - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Should be very interesting to see how the NHL handles this.

    While very unlikely, I wouldn’t be completely shocked if Cooke wasn’t suspended at all. On the other hand, it could easily be well into the double digits considering his history. The NHL could also do something lame such as “Rest of playoffs”, which would sound harsh…. but is probably only going to be 2-3 games (sorry Wild fans). Such a wide range of possibilities.

    • sabatimus - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:04 AM

      It’s hard because Cooke hasn’t done anything in a couple years. And I forget how long the “repeat offender” history goes (it’s only 2 or 3 years max).

  13. barkar942 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Personally, I think that the amount of slashing, spearing and boarding that is going on that the refs are “letting them play” is going to get someone very seriously hurt. You see a little bit of the slashing during the regular season, but it has become standard play to knock people off the puck in the playoffs. Time for the refs to crack down. (and Cooke gets minimum of 5 games for that cheap shot).

  14. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    He will be suspended for sure. He is not playing for Boston Bruins. Btw, I don t know there is a hockey team in Minnesota. Thank you Cooked. Now I know.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      Love the troll attempt.

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      You need not worry. You were not the only one who wasn’t aware that Minnesota had an NHL team. They did lose their first one since they were irrelevant.

      • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        No, actually they lost the first team because the owner was a greedy P.O.S. who didn’t want to invest any money into the old rink, but wanted the state of Minnesota to pay for it. When we, the citizens of Minnesota, told him to go to hell (as he is a rich bastard that can afford to renovate his own money-making venture), he moved the team.

        Good riddance I say, we now have a much better ownership group here than they do in Dallas.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:52 AM


        A big portion of the North Stars decline was due to terrible attendance and really poor profitability. Which in turn made Green, or any other owner with half a brain, relocate to a market that was more profitable.

        The Wild have been around for almost 14 years and barely have a divisional championship, much less anything else. They haven’t been watchable since Jacques Lemaire.

        Dallas, on the other hand, has been a more profitable market, despite being a completely different culture. The franchise also has a Stanley Cup, a couple conference championships, presidential trophies, and a few divisional championships.

        All while the Minnesota Wild still has zippo. But, hey, at least they’re on the same path as the Vikings!

        Sounds like a no brainer business move to me.

        Good riddance, indeed.

      • spiciercheez - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        hahaha you fans really earned those trophies and accolades!!!! More profitable? Dallas can’t even sell out a playoff game…good call pal

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:58 AM


        You’re barely even a playoff franchise. You’ve missed the playoffs 8 out of 13 seasons and couldn’t even scrape past the 1st round for four of those 5 times.



      • nj666 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

        “a much better ownership group here than they do in Dallas” yeah they sure have been run terribly getting to stanley cup twice and winning it once.

  15. slickvb82 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    I’m prepared to take the thumbs down, but I really didn’t think it was that bad. Too bad the guy got hurt, but its hockey, injuries do happen sometimes without the “intent” to injure.

  16. mp1131211 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    4-6 weeks for that? Come on! That’s BS to get Cooke a heftier suspension. Mcl sprain occurs when the outside of the knee is impacted and pressed directly over toward the other knee. This was square on, front to back, and if anything slightly on the inside of the knee. He’s probably severely bruised, that’s it. This is totally Roy’s style of play. Dirty tactics, lies, and head games to gain an edge. Effective though. Cooke is looking at some serious time.

    • mackattack29 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Wow you’re stupid. You really don’t have a clue what you’re talking about do you?

      • mp1131211 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        OK… :) I’m really happy that you’ve started paying attention to your Avalanche team this year. I’ve watched Roy since he came over from the Habs in ’95. I’m not from Denver, but used to live in the surrounding area. This man lives and breathes strategy and competition. Head games are his first and foremost thought in planning his next win. I would not put it past him for a second to be bluffing about the extent of the injury.

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      So a team is going to hold out their what, #2 time on ice player for 4-6 weeks to get some plug possibly suspended for MAYBE a couple games? Sound logic there buddy!

      • mp1131211 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        …. what mackattack said.

  17. jrclark1978 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    At no time does it look like he intends to make contact with anything other than the knee. Cooke could have easily finished the check, but made no attempt for legal contact. His intentions were obvious, and his past indiscretions will tell you exactly what was on his mind during that sequence.

    Cooke is a scumbag, plain and simple.

    • spiciercheez - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:44 AM

      Yeah because Barrie bailing out had ZERO to do with that….Cooke clearly hit him knee on knee but Barrie bailed out of that hit and left his legs there. Clearly Bickell’s was way worse too.

  18. mackattack29 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Cooke had one thing on his mind. And that was to injure. The wild came out like goons and the refs did nothing to prevent it from happening. That game was a disgrace to hockey and the state retarded farmers need to stay out of hockey.

    • clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      Lay off the bong, son. No one thinks you look good in those skinny jeans, fruity…

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        and clarke stop making minnesota look bad.

        If calling people stoners is an insult to you, then you obviously need to hit the bong and gain some perspective on life.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      ignorance at its finest, ladies and gentleman.

      Sometime we’ll teach you about the great sport of hockey you soccer fan.

  19. windycity99 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Bickell did the same thing and didn’t even get fined. Probably cause no one got hurt.

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