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NHL suspends Matt Cooke for seven games

Apr 23, 2014, 9:11 PM EST

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The Minnesota Wild will be without Matt Cooke for seven games after the NHL suspended him for his knee-on-knee hit to Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie on Monday.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety noted that the play was “entirely in front of Cooke” so the onus was on the Wild forward. The league also feels that Cooke should have anticipated Barrie’s desire to evade contact. Instead, Cooke further extended his leg “to ensure contact.”

The NHL cited the distance Cooke traveled to strike Barrie with his knee and the further extension of his knee as factors contributing to his punishment. However, Cooke’s history was also cited as justification for giving him seven games.

Cooke is not a repeat offender under the new CBA, but the league believes that it has the right to consider a player’s entire history when determining what punishment is appropriate.

Barrie, 22, is out four-to-six weeks with a MCL injury.

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108 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    It’s not enough… When is this jerkoff gonna get the point? Somebody has to take a run at him to prove the point. Because Bettman and his minions obviously can’t do it!

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      So where is your rage for bickell, smith, and the others who commited the same exact play as cooke?

      there allowed to get away with that?

      Erik Johnson is the only one who has committed a disgustingly cheap play in the avs wild series, yet the league thinks nothing of it.

      • cambannedloinstache - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        You sound like a massive tool when you blatantly assume

      • ravenscaps48 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        He’s been suspended 6 times!

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        Whose assuming?
        Look up the Erik Johnson play, it is BLATANTLY cheap. He did not even get a penalty.
        Look up the cooke knee, the bickell knee, and the smith knee: There is nothing that suggests Cookes the only one of them deserving a suspension. So if those guys aren’t being punished, why the f should he sit out 7 games?

      • drewski2001 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Are you tearing up about Erik Johnson getting into a scrum?

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        Stop with the whining. What Johnson did was nothing and Parise isn’t hurt. What Cooke did was dangerous and he has done it his whole career.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        @strictlythedanks

        It’s about Cooke’s history. He’s been infamous for this stuff his entire career.

        It doesn’t matter if other players had their own dirty hits and got away with it… It doesn’t justify Cooke’s behavior… and IF they had Cooke’s reputation, then they wouldn’t have gotten away with it either. If Bickel, Smith or Johnson ever get to Cooke’s level of repetition, then we can talk about them.

    • drewsylvania - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      All of the suspensions should be much higher.

    • sabatimus - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      It never IS enough. Not for anyone.

  2. mackattack29 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Justice.

    • sabatimus - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      Where?

  3. strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Erik Johnson should have been suspended at least 7 then for a for committing a FAR cheaper play. I guess the nhl is ok with defenseless players being punched face first into the ice repeatably, but they draw the line in the sand when a freak incidental accident occurs in which Cooke didnt have time to adjust to Barries last minute shift of direction. Talk about backwards priorities for player safety.

    And why aren’t Bickell and Smith suspended for doing the same thing as Cooke??

    • drewski2001 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

      Cooke going into the captain Morgan pose and changing his path into Barrie is a freak accident? Could you see the play through your green glasses?

      • lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Christmas colored glasses ;)

        – Wild fan who agrees with suspension.

      • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        That was funny.

        Minnesota fans that defend this scumbag simply because of their team allegiance are of similar mold.

    • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:35 PM

      You just proved how stupid you are. Ever play the game? Praise’ helmet above the eyebrows was what was pushed into the ice. Piss off you whinny bytch.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        State of hockey son, of course I play the game. If cooke is suspended then yes EJ should have been suspended longer and bickell/smith should have recieved suspensions as well. You ‘ve already made a fool of yourself enough son.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        Amazing the amount of posters of late saying “have you ever played the game” or something similar. Let’s just assume most here have as we’re all big fans of the game, enough to waste time in our lives to comment with others. (Especially me tonight)… Also asking folks from MN if they have ever played is like asking any Canadian. What do you think the answer is….

        Come on guys. We are somewhat better than this…. Right?!

        Cheerio

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

        I played in the best HS program in the state, the state tournament and college. I know the culture but it doesn’t mean everyone played!

      • lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

        There are several top programs in this state and to say one over another is the best is ridonk. Guessing you played fir the academy, meh.

        And till someone who tries to pull rank without dropping their name, your pretend credentials mean zilch

        Carry on.

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM

        My credentials mean plenty. 12 state tournament wins baby! Plenty of appearances. Simply dominant!

      • mp1131211 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        Cool! You’re the al bundy of hockey. Revel in those moments- BABY!

      • jazz11001 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        That’s how concussions happen moron. Johnson went after Parise first with the intent to hurt him. He punched him 5 times in the back of the head AFTER he crosschecked him in the back. No Call. Cooke’s knee could have been hurt just as much as Barrie who by the way left himself exposed. Learn the game slappy it’s a gray duck thing so GFYS.

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        Sure jizz! Cooke stuck his knee out, if he hurt it, it’s because of his gutless move. The NHL and most real fans agree with me. You’re in the minority dipshyt.

        Btw, did Parise get injure Was it called a penalty! No! Why?

        A dirtier play was the slew foot Niedereiter threw!

      • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

        I don’t believe you ever played the game at any meaningful level, avscup. Your comments reak of a pretender, son… Now grab an apron and make me a sandwich, b*itch…

    • drewsylvania - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Not much was cheaper than Cooke’s hit.

  4. porkchopexpress1969 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Needed to be a lot longer. Guy is a douche. Better yet, why is he even in the league?

  5. hardkor07mn - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    I’m not a Cooke fan. Never have been, but 7 games is BS. If Lucic can can give a guy a hockey stick size catheter and only get a fine. Don’t tell me that POS isn’t a repeat offender. The NHL needs to be more consistent on garbage like this.
    I expected 2 or so games, but 7 is crazy.

    • gallyhatch - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      No comparison.

      What Lucic did was despicable, bush league, dirty, underhanded, and all that crap, but what Cooke did was career threatening.

    • sabatimus - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      Dumb comparison. Getting hit in the balls and out again the next shift versus a 4-6 week MCL injury?

      • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        You don’t actually believe they didn’t inflate the nature of the injury and the recovery timeframe, do you, sabatimus? It’s OK. I can wait for you to spark another one before you answer… :)

    • theblakfox - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      as a boston fan who thinks what lucic did deserved a suspension, this is totally warranted. the guy consistently injures players with cheap shots. he completely deserves to lose the right to play a full series.

  6. idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    LOL

  7. sjsharks66 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    What about Bickell’s suspension? Good call on the Cooke suspension. He will always have his history and that history now consists of 3 years of clean play. He made a change, it’s ruined now. Hopefully he can finish his career as a clean player.

  8. 7mantel - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    Watching hockey for over 50 years and have seen a lot of dirty players, Cooke tops the list !

    • lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

      You sir have been watching with your eyes closed if you missed the entire 70’s and 80’s

      • 7mantel - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        nice try son but he takes the title !

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 PM

        I agree! One of the most gutless ever.

      • lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Not saying Cooke doesn’t crack the list but its insane to put him at the top when a solid amount of guys from the 70’s were literally out for blood.

        IMO

      • 7mantel - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        That blood would have been Cookes because back then the players policed themselves. No way that gutless puke runs around like he does without getting his head handed to him !

      • stakex - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        Well to be fair, hockey was a bit different back then.

        Hell, Scott Stevens and Mark Messier would be the dirtiest players in the NHL if they played today…. yet when they did play, their style wasn’t considered “dirty” at all. Matt Cooke on the other hand plays like a guy from a past era of the NHL, in a time when such play isn’t acceptable like it was back then.

      • laxman1944 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        The players policed the game back then.

      • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        You stoners are good laughs. Ever hear of Henry Bouchet? Youtube what Dave Forbes bid to his face. #clueless

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      The removal of the instigator rule is what has allowed Matt Cooke to earn a comfortable living. Was this not his SEVENTH suspension? I don’t care how long it has been since his last (should have been when he purposely sliced the Norris trophy winning d-man) disciplinary hearing. A muddy zebra still has stripes.
      To defend this human speaks volumes of your own character.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        “To defend this human speaks volumes of your own character.”

        LOL… Geez. What is with you people.

      • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        where did I defend Cooke ?

    • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

      Too bad the instigator went away. Cooke would be a choir boy out there. Kane showed what Cooke’s fighting skills are like.

  9. lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Cooke gets 7

    Bickell gets 0

    Neal targeting head with knee gets 5

    I’m totally fine with Cooke’s seven game suspension but come on… Look at the BS the player safety department shows with every video.

    Where is the consistency???

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      zero consistency

    • r8rbhawk - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:35 AM

      Oh they are consistent, if you take into account that they are consistently inconsistent…

  10. matt14gg - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    NHL got it exactly right and the explanation is right on the mark.

    • sabatimus - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Last time the NHL got a suspension right was McSorley.

  11. titansbro - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Wild fans need to stop defending this hit as some freak, unavoidable play. You sound like morons & I cannot take the rest of your argument seriously because I already believe you to be a moron. This hit was solely because of him. Barrie tries to avoid it by moving AWAY from Cooke but this POS makes sure to extend even further to “ensure contact is made.” I don’t know what to tell you about other plays, but I know what to tell you about this one. Shut the f*** up, he got off easy.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      5 wild fans back him and you classify the entire state as morons.

      Okay

      This Wild fan agrees that it was kneeing and a suspension of this size is warranted. That said, I want Cooke back in the line up if he plays clean with an edge

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Ok you are a moron. I grew up there, played there a big chunk of my life until college. It was obvious.

      • drewski2001 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Every fan base these fans. If Cody Mac did the same thing I’m sure there would be avs fans saying the same “it was a accident “crap.

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM

        It might happen next year!

  12. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Ridiculous.

  13. graymalkin26 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    3 games was more than enough…Seabrook only received 3…joke

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      player safety my arse. Theyve got an agenda

  14. tapefolie - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Cook is a loser that cant play and try’s to take out real players he needs to be out of the league!!

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Again, the ignorance of the fans on here is amazing sometimes. Cooke has been one of the most effective players in the avs wild series, aside from the avs top line.

    • gallyhatch - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      The sad thing is, he CAN play. He can be a very good player.

      Same as Lucic, same as James Neal, same as Brad Marcdhand,. They can all be great, extremely effective players but they keep pulling this bull$hit.

      It’s infuriating. Just play the f’ing game.

      • gallyhatch - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        *Marchand*

    • mp1131211 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      OMG… So Cooke NEEDS Barrie out of the league? For what?

  15. Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    I find it odd how fans (doesn’t seem to matter what team) defend these scumbags.

    Like Minnesota fans defending Cooke. Seriously, it’s Cooke. Everyone knows what he has done and is capable of. There’s no justifying what Cooke did to here.

    7 games seems like a slap on the wrist for what Cooke should have got.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:45 PM

      What he has done in a wild sweater is play with a clean edge that gets under the other teams skin without being cheap.

      He has shown that all year, and has clearly changed his game.

      Wild fans are defending his recent play because it has been squeky clean and the knee jerk (pun inteded) reaction to vilify him as the biggest goon in the NHL is completely over the top. Just look at his PIM’s this year, hes a changed man.

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        That’s all great and fair but when an alcoholic falls of the wagon and has a drink, he’s still an alcoholic! When a career cheap shot gutless prick ruins another guys knee for the umpteenth time, he’s still a what? Right, a cheap shot.

        It was a dirty play any way you slice it and your home ism and ignorance of the game is glaring!

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:41 PM

        @lord,
        I wasn’t whitewashing ALL Minnesota fans as defending him. I know every fanbase is a bag of skittles. It was the same thing with Pittsburgh, a lot of Pens fans defending him when he was there. I find it odd how guys like Cooke get defended.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        @strictly,
        Cooke was suspended for sticking his knee out. Doesn’t matter if he played good clean hockey for x amount of months. It’s about the knee on knee he just did. And Cooke has a long history of this kind of stuff… way too long… and deserves what he got.

        If you want to pat him on the back for playing “clean” for a small part of his career, feel free, but don’t expect rational people to join in.

        The guy likes to take out knees.

        He does more dirty stuff than just the kneeing, Youtube has a wonderful way of preserving these guys’ histories.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        @hardleaf

        I get your point, I’m not arguing that he doesnt have a dirty past. Im not even saying he shouldnt have been suspended. I simply want to see the NHL “safety” committee make fair calls and give the same suspensions for the same offenses. To me there has been no dirtier play than EJ’s in this series and I know any hockey fan with a hair of respect for player safety would agree that he should have been suspended as well.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      Not all Wild fans defend Cooke. Open your eyes.

      Some are homers no matter and a HUGE chunk of Wild fans hate Cooke from his Vancouver days still

  16. redsox711 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Why is this Dbag still in the league ?

  17. crazemastercraze - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    I can’t believe the flyers didn’t sign this guy!?!

  18. jcornella - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Watch the evander cane vs Cooke fight video and you’ll feel better!!!!

  19. jeff91121 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM

    I’m a Detroit fan and I am surprised that he only got 7 games. He is beyond a repeat offender…having been suspended 5 times before this. The NHL instituted a new rule because of the hit he laid on Savard, which ENDED Savard’s career, for which Cooke was not suspended. I’m not giving him the benefit of the doubt on his skate to Karlsson’s Achilles tendon either. He lifted his skate and planted it into Karlsson’s leg.
    Cooke deserves no benefit of the doubt…no good will…nothing. He should consider himself lucky that he got 7 games. I thought he would have gotten a low double digit suspension.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      @jeff91121 I am surprised, you being a Wings fan should know better. Please read this from Wikipedia
      On March 7, 2010 Savard suffered a Grade 2 concussion in the 3rd period of the Bruins game against the Pittsburgh Penguins after taking a hit to the head from Matt Cooke. The on-ice officials did not penalize Cooke for the hit, and on March 10, Colin Campbell declared that the league would not suspend or fine Matt Cooke. The hit and its aftermath were part of the key evidence that caused NHL to institute a new rule that more heavily penalized blindside hits. Savard was not taken to a hospital following the incident but stayed behind at a Pittsburgh hotel for the night before returning to Boston the following day.

      Savard recovered enough to be cleared to play for the 2010 postseason against the Philadelphia Flyers after their victory against the Buffalo Sabres. He scored the winning goal in overtime in the Bruins Game 1 win of the series.

      On January 23, 2011, Savard then suffered a second concussion on a hit by former Bruin Matt Hunwick in a game against the Colorado Avalanche. On February 8, 2011, the Bruins opted to shut Savard down for the season after he received his second concussion in ten months.

  20. jaythehelmetguy - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Too short

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Listen Jay… That’s something to talk with your Urologist about–not here…

  21. zraskovich - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Fair suspension, IMO. Now, let’s see if the head shots directed by Roy get called tomorrow night. You stay classy, Colorado.

  22. hardkor07mn - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Avscup- who might that be? I really wanna call BS, but maybe you can prove it

  23. hardkor07mn - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Avscup- what’s wrong? Can’t find a hockey dynasty in MN on google?

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      guilty as charged

    • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Sorry, played there and in the tourney. 12 state titles! Figure it out loser.

      • alfredosauce19 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        ^
        |
        |

        Dustpan! Plug!

      • spiciercheez - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        avscup, I don’t know who you are but I played there also….quit makin us look like fools when everyone hates us for going there anyways haha.

      • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        Well quite being an idiot then! The hit was dirty, the jury has spoken.

      • spiciercheez - Apr 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Did I even bring up the hit? I take that back, no chance you played where I did….you are a massive brick. Pound sand bud.

      • avscup - Apr 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        Sure did. Just playing here. Don’t be so sensitive. Leave that for the rest of the losers. Of course I played there. For Bart. Don’t be a candy ass.

  24. mrhyperpants - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Cooke should be suspended for 4 – 6 weeks of a hockey playing season time. Which is the same amount of time Barrie is out for.

    • mp1131211 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

      Now that the hearing and decision are over, you’re going to hear a better prognosis for Barrie. Watch.

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM

        I think you’re wrong.

  25. guitarhunterdude - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    7 games sounds about right to me. It’d be 2 for anyone else, so an extra 5 because he’s Matt Cooke is perfect. 10+ wouldn’t have surprised me though.

    • 19cbd87 - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:02 PM

      If it were anyone else there would be no suspension, see Brown, bickell, etc. However it is Matt Cooke so it is warranted. This will not clean up the game only handing out suspensions for injuries.

  26. mp1131211 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Seriously, this comment section is classic. Cooke brings out some interesting folks and opinions. 7 seems a bit excessive to me. But whatever… He shouldn’t have done that. I’m still not convinced he’s out for a full 4 weeks. We’ll see…

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:44 PM

  27. mackattack29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    All that I cared was that it was 4 games at least. Cuz 4 games is the same as til next october. Wild aren’t moving on to the 2nd round.

    • alfredosauce19 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:55 AM

      Holy Sh!t your english is at a 6/7th grade level at best. Not going to happen, Wild in sicks!

  28. pastabelly - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:47 AM

    He doesn’t care about the livelihood of other players in the league and never has. He’s been on a short leash and that’s what differentiates him from others. John Scott is another who has no place in hockey.

  29. butski29 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:24 AM

    I am humored by the majority of commenters here and elsewhere in the hockey blogosphere. I am a fan of hockey more than a Wild fan and knowing my team, I know that Cooke has worked hard to change his game and he has done so. This change has been lauded by such respected hockey people as retired referee Kerry Fraser and even the commissioner. What a majority of you know is Cooke’s past. You know nothing of the change he has made. I hated him for a long time and hated when the Wild signed him, but he has worked hard, mentored young players and he and his spouse work hard on charitable activities both in MN and in Canada. But most of you haven’t even seen the hit, much less what he has done in MN. That is obvious as your comments reflect that. If you had and you knew anything about hockey, you would agree that seven games is an injustice and three games is a stretch. Watch the damn video!!!!! Like I said on here the other night. I guess the fellas are going to have to bust out the Magic Wand, the Crystal Ball or dust off the Engineering degree to calculate the speed, direction and intent of the other guy all while traveling 15 plus MPH. We all know that when you and your opponent are moving that fast that getting out of the way is a cinch.
    Split second decisions are nothing at that moment. If you think that Matt Cooke, after all he has been through, including the knowledge that he HAS to change his game to keep playing, would do something intentional, then you haven’t paid any attention to the league at all. I can say this because I AM plugged in to the game, period. The unfortunate part is the same people whining about Cooke are the ones who think everybody should get their name on the Cup just for participating. Get a clue.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      well said

    • pastabelly - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Don’t be so humored. We all read drivel like yours before his last suspension. Enough is enough.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Someone who *get’s it* What a treat.

  30. mildfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    To many games, he gets 7 games Bickel for Chicago nothing not even stern talking. NHL discipline is a joke xmwith no consistency. You can even actually see Bickel extend his leg to make contact

  31. mildfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:43 AM

    Take the hit shoulder to shoulder and your knee will never get hit, Barrie’s should have lowered his shoulder and protected him self by excepting the blow not avoiding it.

  32. kastout11 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Clearly the hit was dirty. I think suspensions for players who intentionally try to injure other players should be far more severe. I am fine with 7 games, although I think if you weigh his history, he should have received at least 10 games. Quintal needs to really send a message that these type of hits are unacceptable. If you intentionally try to injure another player, the suspension should start at with a minimum of 5 games and if the player misses time, then the player that caused the injury should not be eligible to return until the injured player returns. If the guy is injured for the year, then too bad for the player causing the injury. I think that would discourage players from intentionally trying to injure other players. For example, I don’t think Seabrook would have hit Backes like that, knowing that he would be out the same amount of time as Backes.

  33. kagey7 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Over this guy’s career he has caused 22 – yes 22 players to have to miss time because of his goon antics. Cannot understand how the players association does not step in and protect their members from goons like him.

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