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Poll: Did the NHL get the Cooke suspension right?

Apr 23, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

Tyson Barrie AP

On Wednesday, the NHL announced that Minnesota forward Matt Cooke had been suspended seven games for kneeing Colorado’s Tyson Barrie during Monday’s Game 3. It’s a stiff punishment and one that factors in Cooke’s history despite the fact that he’s technically not a repeat offender under the new CBA.

At the same time, Barrie suffered a MCL injury that will sideline him for up to six weeks and, as the league’s argument seems to suggest that Cooke was deliberate in his desire to strike Barrie with his knee.

So, did the NHL get it right? Vote in our poll…

  1. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    No he should be made to sit with Piere Mcguire the rest of the playoffs !

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      have a heart

  2. 7mantel - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Should be gone for the playoffs because his blatant action injured Barrie !

  3. drewsylvania - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Honestly, plays like his deserve 30-40 games. If you want the high-damage intent-to-injure plays to go away, suspensions that actually hurt are warranted.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:58 PM

      intent to injure…….no….just no………..the replay is in super slow mo..

      Watch erik johnson as he punched parises head into the ice and you’ll see intent to injure. But the NHLs fine with that apparently.

      • avscup - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        But, but, but, but…….Quit. Being. A. Bytch!

        This has no relationship to anything Eric Johnson ever did!

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        Actually, jabroni, it does. Same series. Same teams. Different result.

        Not even a penalty for Eric J, while Cooke gets 7 games, when EJ’s the one pulling a bertuzzi out there.

        I suggest you grow a pair and realize that your team is dam lucky to not have its top d man suspended.

        The NHL needs to show just a hair of consistency if they want their player safety to be taken seriously.

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        Danks- in numerous posts you reference this consistency. You should know that is almost impossible to measure. What DofPS can go by is past history – it’s fact and documented. Isolate the Cooke event and ask yourself, without bias, should a 6/7 time ‘suspended’ (let alone other questionable incidences) player get anything less than 7 games?

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        withchita yes, so why do bickell, smith, and other committing knee on knees not get suspended at all?

      • avscup - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        Did Parise run the goalie? Did the refs call anything. Those were love taps! Are you one of the Wild ice girls?

      • spiciercheez - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

        Run the goalie? At least you Avs fans are really knowledgeable on hockey…

      • joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Agreed! As they are fine about letting players bunch each other in the head during a fight with the sole purpose of intentionally trying to knockout the opponent. Yep! They have double standards when it comes to “intent to injure”.

  4. slickvb82 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Too long, complete crap. I can see through this series, but possibly into next should they advance? Such a joke.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Why? People say he’s nice off the ice but as far as I’m concerned he’s human garbage. How many careers do you need to see this guy ruin before you realize the truth?

      • alfredosauce19 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:06 AM

        Cooke gave Savard a concussion but then someone else finished him off.

        Wiki – “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.”

      • titansbro - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:29 AM

        No it was Cooke. Savard was not right after the Cooke hit, anyone with 1 good eye & a brain could see that. He tried to come back when he shouldn’t have.

      • whammy71 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        So it is Cooke’s fault that Savard tried to come back to early??

        I blame Savard and the Bs doctors for being bullish on his return.

    • sabatimus - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      Yes you are.

    • smangold4 - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:45 PM

      The joke is targeting an Avs player knee-on-knee and knocking him of the entire playoffs.
      2 minute minor when it should have been a major, and now a slap on the wrist when it should have been a boot out the door.

      • slickvb82 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        hockeyflow33 – sabatimus – smangold4

        I’m so sick of all the little fairys that come on here and comment, most of which I’m sure never played hockey. You have no idea what its like to play the sport, fast and physical. Unfortunately these type of things happen, its a contact sport and injuries do occur. I 100% don’t believe he “targeted” the knee. Further more, I’ll say again, the Bickle knee on knee hit was so worse and that douchebag didn’t get suspended. Why? Cause the other player didn’t get hurt. Thats a crock to me, its either a legal hit or its not. Its a dangerous hit or its not. The fact that he got hurt, unfortunate as it is, shouldn’t impact the leagues decision on his suspension. So hypothetically say he doesn’t get injured. Does Cooke still get suspended? If so, does he get 7 games?

        Cooke got 7 the games because of his name. For three years the guy has played good, hard, fast, physical hockey and all you nancys sit back on your computers and hate on the guy. Knowing nothing about him personally or his intentions. All you know is his past. I’ve loved having him on the Wild and what hes brought to the team. Don’t like it, suck it!

      • spoon9z - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:27 AM

        slick you homer pos

        if you can’t see cooke is garbage, you’re blind

        I DO play, and a long time, and that MEANS NOTHING! Just as bringing up the dept of player safety having consistency issues, of course they do and it’s NOT THE TOPIC HERE!! In this case, with this player, he got off with so little on a complete bs play. And while not perfect, injuries factor in, just as they do in a court of law. If you fight on the street and someone gets roughed up, you don’t get in as much trouble if you jump someone and they hit their head and die. Cooke is the problem with the league, not some feel good story of rehab and he should have been gone long ago. He’s a POS. And keep bringing up the Johnson on Parise scrum after he ran the goalie, it makes you look even more biased and worse. You best defense is other events happen?! Pathetic

      • smangold4 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        Played hockey my entire life, and causing an injury is literally one of the main criteria in issuing a suspension.
        I hate on the guy because he has been suspended 9 times before, which obviously says he goes out with the intent to injure. I want to watch the teams best players duke is out, and since the Avs are better the Wild decide they need a talent-for-scum trade off.

        Well, they got it.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:05 AM

        slick hit the nail on the head. Its unfortunate Barrie is hurt, no one wants that, but it should not be the criteria for suspension on the same play with the same “intentions”

      • titansbro - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        I agree that whether or not an injury happens shouldn’t matter. The intent is what matters. But on this play, there was definite intent. Barrie tries to avoid the hit but Cooke extends his knee to ensure the contact. Pretty obvious actually & I still don’t understand why Wild fans keep defending it.

        And why is it that anyone who disagrees with someone on this site “has never played the game before” & can’t possibly have a qualified opinion? It’s moronic.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM

        Hey slick–you might have played hockey, but you sure don’t know how to evaluate this play.

      • hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

        I’m assuming you play in a Men’s learn to skate league where the skating is slow a knee on knee can never result in an injury

    • avscup - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:09 AM

      You are clueless!

      • slickvb82 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:21 AM

        How so? Make an argument at least, instead of “you are clueless”

        I’m confident in my knowledge of the game. Its my opinion, lets at least hear yours.

      • spoon9z - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        his opinion is you’re clueless

        and it’s dead on you pathetic homer

        hockey karma will slap you in the face if you actually play as you seem to think is so key to being able to have any opinion on this matter

      • alfredosauce19 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:21 AM

        avscup – let me get your auto with all those tourney appearances (you are a complete plug) and id rather play Idaho high school hockey then sit next to you on a bench!!

        spoon9z – quick and to the point, you clearly are not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

      • spoon9z - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM


        good one

  5. bigbenrapedhinesward - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Any slack-jawed fool defending this clown is worrying about their teams best interest as opposed to removing a cook* sucker from the game… Please try to defend this clowns track record, it’ll truly help to thin the herd of idiots and douchebags…. Matt Cooke clones, all congregating for a complete IQ of 6…

    • slickvb82 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      that’d be me!

      read above…that pertains to you as well

      • spoon9z - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:30 AM

        it would be you indeed

      • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:11 AM

        Agree with you that it’s a fast and physical game so why doesn’t it happen every game and by more players ? Certain players just have it in their DNA !

  6. LampyB - Apr 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Longer than 7 games is warranted. First time ok cut the player some slack. Consider him warned. Next time, make it two months. Forget number of games, make it 2, 4, 6 months etc. span it across seasons.

    This will not only make players take notice, teams won’t grab players like cooke. They will be gone before you know it. Heck, not another human will suffer a concussion from james neal’s elbow. He’ll be on the streets.

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

      Even as a flyers fan, I’ll say Neal will always have a spot because his shot is wicked, but for the tools like Cooke I couldn’t agree more. People of ignorance worry about taking fighting out of the game, it’s the cheap shot clowns that play the system that are the biggest black-eye to hockey. Good riddance.

      • spoon9z - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:32 AM


        yet Neal got away with some bs earlier this year and has quite a history of douchbaggery himself

        he needs to be on notice too

  7. dolphincult - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    why have the guy on your team in the first place. His own teammates aren’t even defending.

    • slickvb82 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:07 AM

      what’ you expect, Parise to come out and say the decision to suspend is bs and the hit was clean? C’mon man, even if he or any other player believed that they wouldn’t come out and talk about it.

  8. stakex - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Its very surprising to see how short the suspension was.

    The NHL acknowledges that Cooke intended to hit Barrie with his knee, and that his intentional act caused a series injury. They also said they did consider Cooke’s history, which is the most extensive of any player in the league. To me, that all adds up to a lot more than seven games.

    Lets recap that again: The dirties player in the league today, going by punishment history, intentionally delivered a dangerous illegal hit that caused a serious injury…. and only received 2-3 more games than someone with no record would have. That doesn’t exactly send the message that predators won’t be accepted in the NHL.

  9. phxyotes - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Are Cooke and Torres long lost brothers? I’m guessing the only difference is Torres has skill and can actually play the game without being a cheap shot chirping goon. He should have been kicked for the remainder of the season.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      youre guessing wrong because cooke is a great asset to the team and has played clean all year long.

      • phxyotes - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:45 AM

        Man you’re riding Cooke’s jock hard bro. You’re either a desperate Wild fan praying they finally win something or just completely clueless. Every post you make about this guy gets far more thumbs down than thumbs up. I think it’s time to find a new man crush and move on. I hear Rinaldo needs some mindless dopes for his fan club.

  10. syzlak - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    No. NO ONE actually wants Cooke to play in the league. When he’s on your team, he’s a liability. When he’s against your team, he’s a train-wreck waiting to happen.

    It’s been 15 years of cheap play from this hack. Sure, in a good year, he’s able to put up half a point/game. That’s not worth the damage he causes on and off the ice.

    The suspension should have been for life.

    Take a stand for once. If you want it out of the game, kick it out of the game.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Wrong. He has been far from a liability for the Wild. Open you eyes how we has played of recent, he is not the same d bag of the past. He is a helluva defender who gets under the other teams skin without getting penalties.

    • alfredosauce19 - Apr 24, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      Your stats syzlak have absolutely no substance. I will be nominating you for the common man preposterous statement championships!

  11. lordfletcher - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    I think the NHL got it right seeing as Cooke can’t be suspended as a repeat offender.

    Though, the NHL has failed with other no calls this year with Bickell and Lucic.

    Unless you’re a repeat offender the NHL needs to not look at names on jerseys and injuries shouldn’t matter. Call it even for everyone. There is no consistently, just like the slap on the wrist NBA’s suspensions and fines

    -wild fan

  12. micklethepickle - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    Has anyone else noticed that the “Minnesota fans” defending that POS Cooke are all the same person, using 5 different profiles? How pathetic.

    And I agree with the commenter that said there is something wrong with a fan who would stick up for Cooke simply because he plays for their team. REAL Minnesota fans were angry that Cooke was signed in the first place. Idiots that defend a cheap shot scumbag like Matt Cooke should never be allowed to watch another hockey game – I mean, after all even though Cooke is human garbage, he is getting paid millions of dollars to cheap-shot and seriously injure other players. Fans like this one guy that support Cooke aren’t getting paid, they just enjoy seeing careers end. That is truly disgusting.

    • avscup - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Same dope for sure. There couldn’t possibly be that many people with a huge man crush on the jackass.

      • tracerbob - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        Guess not. But we will notice the river of tears when your team of great talent gets blasted by the real big boys. If you can’t handle the Wild getting physical then you surely can’t handle what is to come next……if you make it.

    • slickvb82 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      See now this crap pisses me off. “REAL” Minnesota fans were angry we signed him? Actually fans were excited because his game had changed. He brought the potential of hard nosed, physical, some offense, great PK, and team guy. I still say its very unfortunate this happened, however, I still stand by my opinion that I don’t believe he tried to hurt Barrie. When I speak as someone who played the game, I simply mean its easy for a fan that never played the game at a high level to sit there and say he’s a scumbag/human garbage blah blah blah. But unless you know how fast the game is, how physical it is, how a single play can turn bad in a split second you have no right to judge him. Even the NHL in their statement for the suspension said something along the lines of “Barrie makes an evasive move that most likely worsened the possibility of injury.” Now I don’t think they meant its his fault, obviously it wasn’t. I think what they are saying is, while it was a stupid play by Cooke, he didn’t mean to injure the guy.

      And I can only speak for myself, but I run ONE account on here, not multiple. I speak for myself, not MN, not any other fan of hockey. I’ll take the dislikes, I could care less what anyone on here thinks of me. Its my opinion and again I stand by it.

      Cooke has had a huge positive impact on this team. This one thing will sum up his time in MN and its bs. Even fellow players are saying they stand by him as a man, a player, a teammate so on. They’re not arguing the play in question, but they are speaking from first hand knowledge of the type of person he is. No one on here knows, all they know is his history.

  13. puhleezho - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Its not about physical play, it is about reckless play impacting the earning potential of other players. Serious injuries like MCL damage, concussions, etc mount over the course of a career. His hooligan recidivism is taking money out of guy’s bank accounts and impacting their livelihood. It’s disrespectful, that’s why he needs to be banned.

  14. avscup - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Video pretty much shows it all and explains it all. Simple to understand unless you are strictlythedanks!

    • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Good post ! Cooke will be thinking back when he retires on how much money he lost because he couldn’t play within the rules ! The NHL and NHLPA might not think he’s a repeat offender but his wallet does !

  15. ltcpain75 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Much too short considering Cooke’s suspension history and reputation. The Minnesota Wild and Matt Cooke’s version of goonery won this one. Hockey and Tyson Barrie lost. Plain as that.

    • slickvb82 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      Please tell me, how is this any different but doesn’t constitute a suspension? I understand the “history”…but how can the NHL overlook the below (much worse) but say Cooke gets suspended? There needs to be more consistency.

  16. jeesay101 - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I read something yesterday that I found interesting, Adrian Dater of the Denver post wrote that a playoff games can be and are considered equivelent, to 2-3 regular seson games. If that is the case, his suspension, in a bass ackwards way of thinking is around 20 games. Does this have any relevancy, or is it just Dater trying ot make people feel better?

    • lordfletcher - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:03 AM

      That’s real.

      I believe Shanny explained it in a video explanation from a suspension in last years playoffs.

      If this was the regular season. Cooke would have been suspended 15.

      • jeesay101 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Just watched that video. Interesting…


  17. purpleguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    Most MN fans aren’t defending Cooke’s hit, wish Barrie wasn’t hurt, and are bummed it put a damper on a pretty good game by the Wild. While Cooke should continue to pay for his past sins when weighing any current transgressions, MN Wild fans have also had the benefit of watching him play clean hard hockey all year, and statistics do show he has cleaned up his act the last 3 years. The suspension is well-deserved, but the guy isn’t exactly Satan reincarnated.

  18. edinatherealhockeytownusa - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    First off, Maybe Barrie should man up and take the hit, instead of dodging Cooke. For all of you that think Cooke did this on purpose, you are half correct. Cooke’s intent was to lay Barrie the F out with a clean open ice hit, Barrie tried to side step the hit, and Cooke stuck his knee out. I can’t say Cooke did or did not intentionally knee Barrie. Hockey is the fastest game in sports, split second reactions. As a youth hockey youth coach, I see kids take bad angles all the time, you would be surprised how many times I’ve had to explain to players they CANNOT stick their knee out if they miss a player due to a bad angle. But then again its a split second reaction and they aren’t going to give up on the play and give the rushing puck carrier a free pass around them. If Cooke had more time to react, I’m certain he would have ended up tripping Barrie instead of kneeing him. I guarantee the Wild players and coaching staff made a conscious effort to play a more physical game for the rest of the series starting in game 3. Can’t allow the high octane Av’s to skate freely with the puck up and down the ice. Which brings me back to my point of Cooke’s intent to lay Barrie the F out with a clean open ice hit, that backfired. The tone of series was set by the Johnson’s mugging of Parise and now unfortunately Cooke just responded…I expect their to be a lot of blood loss during the next 4 games. With that being said I’d be surpirsed if the AV’s win one more game in this series. I would recommend welcoming Rupp back into the lineup tonight to insure no shenanigans from the crying AV’s tonight.

  19. joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Based on the video explaining the suspension, the NHL made compelling arguments to give out more games.

  20. edinatherealhockeytownusa - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    I have read comments on PHT for a couple years now, never felt the need to comment before today. You can all thank Mackinnon for “Avscup” becoming an a bandwagon Av’s fan this year. Hey Av’s do you even know Barrie’s first name??

  21. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    7 games is beyond ridiculous. Anybody else winds up in this situation and it is 2 games tops. If Barrie doesn’t do everything in his power to avoid being checked, in the process hanging his leg out and prompting Cooke to try to change direction to make the check, this discussion is not taking place. Keep in mind, sea brook got three games. Absurd.

  22. pensfan1 - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Should be one for one. Out for three weeks, suspended for three weeks. There is nothing in place to prevent sending in a goon to remove someone from a line-up, intentionally or otherwise, with little penalty for it. A player out, the guilty stays in. There’s enough talent in the AHL to replace both and send the message of you can be replaced if you play the game that way. Gonna get real ugly in the future when the kids playing no contact until age 16 start hitting the higher levels and don’t know how to take those hits.

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