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Cooke: I didn’t intend to collide knee-on-knee with Barrie

Apr 24, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

“First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can’t play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight. I wish that he could.

“It was not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee. It was my intent to finish my check. Playoffs area a hard and physical time, and it’s my job to be physical. I’ve led my team in hits in all three games, and it’s an intense time. I’ve led my team this year in hits, and in this series.

“Since March 20, 2011, I’ve been a changed player. I’ve approached the game differently. I think differently about the game. The stats that I’ve collected over those three seasons prove that I’m a changed player. And the plays that I make, and the plays that I don’t make, prove to that point as well.

“At the end of the day, this situation was not my intent.”

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110 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. canucks30 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Lies

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Tito get me a tissue. Jermaine, stop teasing!

    • apkyletexas - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Lot of stuff was “not his intent” over the years. I’m just glad he’s not in Pittsburgh anymore. It was hard being a fan of a team with a guy like Cooke on it.

  2. willrad00 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    I’m really glad he says this. I’m a huge Avs fan and am extremely mad that we’ll be missing Barrie, but i still would like to think a player could change. Could he be lying through his teeth? yes, But it has to be hard as a player to get constantly scrutinized for past actions if he truly is trying to change his game. Hopefully he can put this behind him and continue to working on cleaning up his game.

    • purpleguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Good to hear this response from an Avs fan — I also thought your HC handled the situation very well post-game. Most wild fans didn’t like the hit any more than Avs fans did.

      • willrad00 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

        In all honestly i was a little surprised by how calm Roy was after the game. I was expecting him to say something about retaliating, instead he said the opposite. Maybe one day other fans will see him as the sweetheart he truly is….

      • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        The league expressly directs both teams to STFU and express confidence that the league will handle the matter *wisely and appropriately* The coach/team who doesn’t comply gets punished in many ways behind the scenes…

    • feedmetherock - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      I agree with this. I am glad he made a statement about this. I didn’t think his knee to knee was that blatant, and if he didn’t have the long history prior to changing his game, this would be a non-story. Dustin Brown’s knee to knee was far more blatant and worse that this. It looked like Barrie was trying to side-step the hit and Cooke tried to finish, and he caught him knee to knee. Could he have been intentionally aiming for his knee? Sure. But I don’t think a switch just flips in your head after making such progress towards cleaning up his game and he decides to go psycho. Hopefully he continues to clean up his game and this is an isolated incident.

    • c9castine - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      i dont want to pull the “have you played the game?” card…but when your facing up to a guy and trying to hit him, and he changes direction real quick, its only instinct and desire that makes you try to change direction with him….

      if anybody has ever made an abrupt change of direction and velocity like that on skates, it usually involves a lot of knee bend, and using the outside edge on your inside foot. thus, a play like this will happen.

      that being said im in favor of the punishment, just not in favor of throwing cookie under the bus again because it makes me feel good about myself, or whatever issues some of you are working out.

      guy was a part of my team for 5 years and i saw a lot of heart, and class from a guy that so many people will casually call a scumbag and a POS. so, good on you to approach this situation with reason.

      • jernster21 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        As someone who has also played I only partially agree with your statement. In the video, Cooke’s stance is extremely wide as soon as Barrie has the puck – the onus is on him to prepare for the situation where Barrie does try to avoid the check (as many players do – a lot of players don’t get hit on the boards because they spin out of the way of the hit, this isn’t uncommon to avoid the hit). Cooke doesn’t try to change direct with him, he kicks his left leg out even further because he’s not going to get as much of him, or misses him completely if he doesn’t. If he was trying to change direction with him, his stance wouldn’t have been so wide because he wouldn’t have been able to generate enough power off the right skate/leg to turn as sharp as he needed to into Barrie without bringing his left skate in closer to the core of his own body.

      • c9castine - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        yeah. i watched it again i see what your saying. often thats what happens in plays like this but he does seem like he was trying a little to hard to make sure he got a piece of him.

        i dont think there was intent, but if you cant throw a check the way a check needs to be thrown, your going to end up taking a penalty or worse.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

        good to see someone with a thoughtful, rational post

      • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM

        On which NHL team did you play with Cookie ?

      • c9castine - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        im not sure what that means 7mantel.

        if your referring to the “my team” thing then yeah my team is the pens. its the team i have rooted for since i was just a little tyke. dont need your approval for that.

        dont need to have played with him…saw many charitable events he and his wife went out of their way to make sure were successes around the city, and always dealt with the media and fans in this town with complete understanding and class even when we were harsh on him. why don’t you read up about his wife’s health issues why he was playing and being trashed around the league and newspapers being called a scumbag and so on while his son and family reads that.

        its over the line, and ignorant. all im saying.

      • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Thought when you stated about playing the game and him being a good teammate that you were a retired nhler.

      • c9castine - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        oh no…sorry didnt mean to give that impression.

      • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        …very well said–most obviously coming from someone who has played the game and understands the instinctual level that the game is played on and the speed at which it is played…

        Those who watch that clip and see a player intentionally going knee-on-knee are simply put–morons–every one of you, who really should pick a different sport that they might be better able to understand. Hockey is too good for you.

      • lordstanley65 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        I’m still working out the Marc Savard issue. I will always despise Cooke for that.

      • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        The Marc Savard hit would take me a while, too… That was a different deal. Much more blatant.

    • doubles22 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      Well, I’m a huge Wild fan and there is nothing Cooke could possibly say to make me feel empathetic towards him. We’ve seen it over & over & over, Cooke’s track record is well known. The guy is just pre-disposed to want to injure players. There can be no other explanation. Dude is wired wrong.

      Thing that really irks me is that Cooke has arguably been one of the Wild’s most effective players so far this series. He was a huge asset to slowing down MacKinnon, Stastny, & Landeskog. I’m bummed that creep knocked out one of Colorado’s best d-men. This is a big loss for both teams.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      He’s not a victim, his reputation is the way it is because of him and him alone. He’ll get no sympathy from me and many others in the hockey community.

    • jaythehelmetguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Smartest thing I’ve read today

    • jaythehelmetguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      glad to see someone who can see the situation from all sides

  3. pats2001 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    must be nice to live in fantasy land

  4. sjsharks66 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I believe him. He did change and we all saw that he was a valuable player to any team. That being said what he did was very irresponsible and disrespectful to his team, the Avalanche and the player he injured. He has to pay the price and that price may be exactly what happened to P. Kaleta and S. Avery.

    • willrad00 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Well said

    • micklethepickle - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:33 PM

      You mean the guy who has never had a negative word to say about the dirtiest player in hockey during the 21st century believes a cheap shot artist like Cooke is telling the truth? I am shocked. Shocked.

    • edzo82270 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      He didn’t change. He didn’t. If he did, then from the date he brought up (his epiphany) to the time he retired, then he would have never been in this situation. He didn’t change. He just took some time off.

  5. patthehockeyfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Right. “This situation” wasn’t his intent. It was just his knee’s intent.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      ignorance is bliss…….its easy for people to blame the man when they watch the super low mo replay……..This was a very high speed play in which last minute adjustments were made by Barrie to avoid a big hit. Unfortunate knee on knee and injury result, and we end up with ignorant fans calling for cookes head like hes the devil……..grow up people, this is hockey

  6. lordfletcher - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Cooke should have ended his presser with….

    knibb high football rules

  7. freneticgarfieldfan - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    “It was not my intent to collide… . It was my intent to finish my check.” – can’t hear this cliché anymore, for a long time now. Those phrases alone warrant some 5 games more.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      stupidityy…….of course he was finishing his check he had barrie lined up until his last minute adjustment

  8. edzo82270 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    So Matt, how is it that the vast majority of players, in the same situation, can finish their checks without, the knee on knee contact?

    So Matt, do you wish Barrie could play tonight only because it might mean that you would be as well?

    So Matt, have your stats changed over the last 3 years because you are not playing on a high-powered Pittsburgh team?

    So Matt, do you find it dissapointing that no one in your world loves you enough to tell you, that the public will ever believe you again?

    • purpleguy - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM

      Psst, I don’t think Matt’s gonna answer your questions. . . . .

      • edzo82270 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

        Probably not.

    • lordfletcher - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      “So Matt, have your stats changed over the last 3 years because you are not playing on a high-powered Pittsburgh team?”

      wait… How long do you think he has been playing for in Minnesota???!

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

        again, a lot of people on here dont have a clue……they just wait to throw cooke under the bus based on his past but fail to have any knowledge of his current play……….sheople

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

        He f}%^#k’n sliced the reigning Norris trophy winning defenceman’s Achilles ‘by accident’. Under the bus he goes.

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:38 PM

        Oops’ forgot to add that he was just finishing his check

  9. earpaniac - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    “I’m also a huge liar,” says Cooke.

  10. 950003cups - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    BULLLL BLEEEEP!!!!!!!!!

  11. micklethepickle - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Can someone please explain to me why when this scumbag POS elbowed MacDonaugh (causing him to miss no games) he received 14 games, but now when he cheap shots Barrie he only gets 5? I mean, since he has basically been trying to cause physical injury for a decade straight, shouldn’t the punishments continue to increase?

    The NHL needs to sack up and actually take a stand against worthless pieces of trash like Matt Cooke. And don’t bring up the bad hits by other players – yes, those are deplorable, but no active player in the NHL has anywhere near the record of absolute disrespect for the game and complete disregard for the health of the other players on the ice. Hope Cooke ends up crippled on a street corner someday, so we can all spit on him as we walk by.

    • spiciercheez - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

      Whoa, they decreased his suspension to 5 games now?

      • micklethepickle - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Good catch, I meant 7. Either way, he shouldnt be allowed back until next season. As usual, Dept of Player safety can’t punish their way out of a paper bag

      • spiciercheez - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

        I figured you meant that, just tryign to kill some time before puck drop!

    • tved12 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      You think this guy’s a piece of trash, then you say, “Hope Cooke ends up crippled on a street corner someday, so we can all spit on him as we walk by.”

      I think we know who’s a piece of trash here. Wishing that upon anybody is just stupid.

    • 950003cups - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      “Hope Cooke ends up crippled on a street corner someday, so we can all spit on him as we walk by”

      I’m not even sure any of his victims feel the way you do.

  12. montrealbbr - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Go die in a fire you scumbag!

    • thesportsjudge - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      That’s a bit excessive.

  13. officialgame - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    This is a guy who is a first class liar, an embarrassment to the Game of hockey who should be thrown out of the league. Somehow players who go near him end up with devastating injuries but it’s never Cook’s fault. Right.

  14. canadiansportsfan77 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Blah blah blah I have injured another player with a dirty hit blah blah blah.

  15. strictlythedanks - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Everyone out there caling him a POS, grow a pair, get a grip, quit livin in the past.

    You havent played the game if you dont understand the speed that this play took place and how cooke had little he could do once Barrie made his adjustment.

    • 7mantel - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      So I guess the NHL doesn’t know the speed of the game !

    • smarterthantheauthor - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      The little that Cooke could’ve done is – turn right instead of left. Is that little enough?

  16. sjsharks66 - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Weird how people claim Cooke is scum and in the same breathe wish death and the personal joy of spitting on a crippled person…

    Pot meet kettle. I hate a lot of players in the league and not once wished severe physical harm or death on them. So yeah micklethepickle you can be shocked that I believe their is good in Matt Cooke. You may also be shocked that I see no good in you.

    • micklethepickle - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      You know what the difference is? I have never hurt another person, not even unintentionally. Your BFF however, has accepted money to inflict pain and ruin peoples livelihoods (and in Savard’s case, his life). So if you choose someone like that over a person who hurts your feelings with words and name calling (boo boo!), then you need to seriously re evaluate your position. I am assuming you are also an apologist for that rapper that beat Rihanna’s ass awhile back? I mean, he APOLOGIZED..

      • lordfletcher - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        A lot of people haven’t hurt another unintentionally as well… Right up to that point where they start shooting up a school.

        End of the day this is a game. You aren’t related to any NHLer so just chill.

        Cooke is suspended and if he does it again he will be looking at 30+ games. Move along

      • micklethepickle - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        This must be your first week on the Internet. Let me be the first to introduce you to a new concept called “rhetoric”. Anyway, people said the same thing before about cooke (that he will get the book thrown at him “next time”) and look what happened? He got LESS punishment for hurting another player worse than last time. Now that’s what the NHL calls “deterrence”, and the rest of us call “encouragement”. I am tired of seeing talented players not suiting up because they are on IR while people like Cooke continue to have jobs. It isn’t right.

      • mp1131211 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        You’re not the brightest crayon in the box, are you? Rhetoric is not generally something you brag about spewing.

  17. dbfan4ever - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Sorry Cooke but the eye in the sky don’t lie! Everybody could see on the screen what your intent was. Which is why you will sit for 7 games

    • mp1131211 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      Actually, that’s abot the only thing the ‘eye in the sky’ couldn’t see.

  18. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    To c9castine…..

    I have played the game at a pretty high level, and your argument does not fly. With all the speed, change of direction and size of the players today, if this was a “hockey occurrence”, so to speak, we would see a few of these knee to knee collisions/injuries virtually every game. But smart players who have respect for the game and others playing do not willfully put others at risk, to the point where they could be ending careers. Cooke’s history speaks for itself and he is just a dirty player……and I would bet would be voted just that in a poll of NHL players. Would love to see him without a visor……and having to answer the bell. So I would add another word to him being dirty….gutless. Where are the Semenko’s, Brown’s, et al with this “player”.

    • joey4id - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Well said. I agree with everything except the reference to the visor and answering the bell.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:56 PM

      I have also played the game *at a pretty high*level, Canuckle…and, in watching that video clip, if what you’re trying to say is–you believe Cookie’s intent in making that hit–as you stated, was to willfully intend injury and jeopardize Barrie’s career–then, I’ll say right now–I’ve very glad to say I’ve never seen, heard or competed with a player ever like you.

  19. rpiotr01 - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    His record since March 2011 doesn’t negate his record before March 2011. He has obviously done a much better job of making smart decisions on the ice and staying on the right side of the line that separates ‘hard’ from ‘dirty,’ but fact is he crossed that line again this time, and with his record he gets no benefit of the doubt. I’m sorry that it has to be that way but it’s his burden to bear if he wishes to continue playing pro hockey. He still has to live with the decisions he made prior to his change of style, and unfortunately in this case so does Tyson Barrie.

  20. flyerspsu - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I believe him, it seems pretty clear he really changed his style of play over the past 3 years, he hasnt had a dirty play since then until the Barrie incident

    • annaflixion - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      He had a dirty play in that VERY SAME GAME. He also threw an elbow straight at MacKinnon’s head. Not caught doesn’t mean not dirty.

      • flyerspsu - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        I’ll take your word for it, I havnt seen him play a ton lately but I knew hadn’t had a bad play reviewed by the league in years

  21. smarterthantheauthor - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Sorry Cooke, but that rap sheet of yours for dirty hits, penalty minutes and all around douchebaggery is still considerably longer than your goals scored rap sheet.

    Whatever you may think your intent was – the result was another player nursing an unnecessary injury.
    A reputable player finishes his check when the player has the puck or just released it – not when they are 55 feet away from the play.

    • spiciercheez - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      Not really defending the suspension, but do you really think the hit was late? The puck was just released. If you actually think that’s late I’m guessing you haven’t been watching much playoff hockey.

      • smarterthantheauthor - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        You could count to 3 mississippi when that hit took place. That definitely is late no matter what stop watch you’re using. The point is, there was no body being hit to call it “finishing my check”. There is no way that clown that call that ‘finishing my check’

      • spiciercheez - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Yeah…you are gonna go ahead and want to watch that hit again. 3 Mississippi? Are you nuts man? That hit is not late at all….

    • tved12 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      You count really fast Mississippi’s then. It wasn’t even a full second on a stop watch.

      Not defending the hit, just bringing some rationalization to the conversation.

  22. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    The video clearly shows Cooke raise his left leg prior to contact. That is evidence of intent. And such reckless intent is malicious and the only thing to come out of that will be an injury. So putting the total of the act together it is easy to surmise that Cooke intended to injure.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I thought so, jabroni… You’ve never played hockey beyond the rec league, if at all. Kindergarten pretend hour. Maybe Alyssa would like to go next? :)

  23. bessdds - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I don’t believe him at all…check out this knee to knee March 8th 2014…youtube it

    Matt Cooke Knee-on-Knee Hit on Valeri Nichushkin – March 8, 2014

  24. drewsylvania - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Well, I’m convinced!

    #notconvinced
    #liar

    Have we learned nothing from supposed “honest speeches” by sports figures? Lance and Ryan Braun are only the most recent examples of being great at lying.

    We can now add Cooke to this list. F’ing scumbag.

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM

      Roger Clemens didn’t lie – he just “misremembered”

  25. getadealdonealready - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Dear Matt,

    Your actions speak so loud it’s hard to hear your words. Please know your actions represent an organization, city, state, and an entire fan base. Continuing to tell us you have changed doesn’t help the situation. There has to be long standing physical evidence and with this last hit you have erased an perceived change you have made. As a wild fan I tolerate you the team, but please stop telling us how you have changed, show us.

    Sincerely,

    Hockey Fan

  26. r4n6er - Apr 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Cooke is the reason that they had to make the “hit-to-head-rule” aka the Cooke rule. Dude has been hurting people since he got in the NHL. “I changed for 10 min, then became the goon I have always been”. Nothing worse then a POS player taking out a good player.

  27. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Clarke16.

    And trust you take that monicker from Bobby Clarke…..one of the most well known dirty players to ever lace up the skates. And he most likely would not have had the cojones to play that way had he not had the Bullies sitting on his bench. Glad to hear you disagree with me. Which means you also disagree with the NHL, virtually every hockey writer and the actual video. When a player does not lean in with a shoulder, but rather a knee, he should know the only outcome will most likely be a bad one for the opposing player. So if he did not have “intent”, he should just be considered stupid. For my argument, I go with both.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Make whatever obviously ignorant assessments and judgments you want, canuckle–but don’t continue embarrassing yourself by the fraud of claiming to have made them as an *insider* It’s just sad and wrong, jabroni… There isn’t a real player out there who doesn’t understand that it could have easily been them on either side of that play on any given day.

      Cooke pushes his game to the edge. Cooke has *Cooke* on the back of his sweater. Cooke is castigated and maligned as having willful intent to injure the other player to those who are ignorant of how the game actually goes down.

      • drewsylvania - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:04 PM

        You’re such an idiot.

      • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:30 AM

        Intent or not, the hit was dirty! Just another of the 21 players Cooke has injured. You still believe in Santa don’t you! Are you a living brain donor?

  28. hosewater2 - Apr 24, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    Marc Savard gives this post a thumbs down.

  29. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Doubles22

    You are absolutely correct. Cooke has been in the NHL for a number of years now because he can obviously play the game. At least when he wants to play it correctly. But there comes a point where everyone, including NHL players, know and say he is a detriment to the game. I love the McGrattans, Proberts, et al of the game, but have never seen a tough guy go after another players knees, head etc like Cooke has done throughout his career. It is amazing but this “crap” with players not worrying about retribution seems to coincide with the instigator rule. I would have loved to see someone like Cooke doing this to Yzerman knowing he would be on the ice a few minutes later with Probert or Kocur.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      You reak of a sportswriter, Canuckles… I guess that’s close to *playing the game at a pretty high level* LOL. Only in the mind of a critic…

  30. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Suspect you meant “reek”. And you obviously think hockey scribes, who have been involved in the game for long periods of time, know less about the game than yourself. And also suspect you include Don Cherry into that crowd. He is on record as saying this was a dirty and cheap hit. But hey……he has only won a Cup, has his own TV show, played at a “high level” (now, playing in the AHL might not be as high a level as you have played) and has coached the best, and some would argue, some of the toughest players ever. I stand corrected. But still think you meant “reek”.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      :) I actually enjoyed that, Canuckles… You self-professed *high-level player* of hockey scribe…

      To answer your question–yes… Critics can amass 1000 times the knowledge–and often do as a way of overcompensating for the insecurity in knowing that–you know–they’ve never actually DONE it… Walking encyclopedia’s often… However, your very position on this topic reflects how there is no substitute for truly understanding what it’s like to be the hunted bear–until you find a bunch of jack-holes in your woods–shooting at you… …and no–I meant *reak* It’s just the way I’ve always liked to spell it. If someone is too dense to understand my meaning or anal-retentive to consider it’s validity–then I’ve just gained another free laugh today, haven’t I–you marvel of hockey scribe…

      By the way–better work on that man-love thing you have goin’ with Don Cherry. I don’t think he wants you to have his…

      • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        The only man love is you and Cooke. Nice man crush you have going there. Self professed hockey clown.

  31. bruinpred - Apr 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    My Dad’s co-worker purposely chopped my Dad’s hand off with a saw and he can’t work anymore. They didn’t even suspend the co-worker because it didn’t explicitly say in the union contract that you can’t chop a guy’s hand off. They fixed that. So the co-worker came back to work and accidentally hit somebody with a two-by-four and got suspended for a little while, then he accidentally dropped a brick on someone and got suspended for a little while, then he accidentally pushed a guy under a truck and got suspended for a little while… until the boss took a “tough” stand and said “you’ve ruined someone’s career and you severely injured several others, so you now must change but you can still work here because, well, that’s how the real world works.”

    • lordfletcher - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:34 AM

      Um. Jail?

  32. broadstreetbeatdown - Apr 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    You can’t polish a turd.

  33. phxyotes - Apr 24, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    What a clown. He’s so full of sh1t.

  34. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    clarke16…….”the coach/team who does not comply gets punished many ways behind the scenes”? Can you please expand on that as the average fan probably does not have your obvious insight or inside league information. What punitive actions are you referring to?

    Quebec Major Junior League……not the pros but still pretty damn good hockey.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Why certainly, Canuckles… Always happy to help…

      This Cooke situation is the perfect example to elucidate your answer…

      The typical follower of NHL hockey has no concept of how politically the wheel turns. 95% of people would say this suspension is all about Matt Cooke–and what he did on the ice, right? Wrong. That’s only part of it. The suspension of a key player has vital impact on the overall fortunes of a team in general–especially in the heat of the playoff season–so as goes the suspension–so can go the team. That’s why Fletcher found it important enough to personally escort Cooke to NYC–right in the heat of the series. He knows how the league operates–and undoubtedly with the respect he holds throughout the league–his attendance favorably impacted the length of the suspension.

      The opposite side of that coin is–if Fletcher was a jack wagon and disregarded the league’s edict to defer comment and started spouting off about why it’s bullshiit that the league is even looking into the hit, BLAH BLAH BLAH–you can bet your favorite pen that Cookie’s suspension would have reflected that. One example–off to the game..

      • imgoingtowichita - Apr 25, 2014 at 7:41 AM

        Lucky for the Wild he is not a key person (Suter, Parise, Koivu, etc).

  35. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    And I reference Don Cherry in support of the story and now I have a man thing for him? Suspect clarke16 is in need of help.

    • clarke16 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      LOL. R-e-l-a-x, Canuckles… Sit back–crack a cold one…loosen the strings, my friend. Don wouldn’t like this… ;)

  36. chaney13 - Apr 24, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Total BS considering how far he threw out his leg to make the hit!!!

    I’m actually surprised he got that much (should still have been the rest of the playoffs + seven games for knocking someone out ouf like that) The NHL has a long history of allowing other teams to mug the Av’s skill players, going back to the 90’s. They likely would have won more than 2 cups if they had held on to Chris Simon

  37. canuckinamerica - Apr 24, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    clarke16……I would love to further this argument/discussion away from a forum. I suspect you are in Wild Country and I have a number of friends involved in the NHL in management (good Bud was in Minnie for a number of years), coaching and agent (over 100 players in the NHL) so am still “in touch” with happenings in the League. Any time a player is “invited” to League Headquarters for a hearing he is most likely accompanied by a team manager so his agent. The fact that Fletcher may be well respected within the League has zero impact on decisions made regarding a suspension. If that were time case the opposing team would ask to be heard as well during that interview. The fact that Cooke only received 7 games is attributable to the most recent CBA which allows for the League to only review a player’s history back to the implementation of the latest CBA , which has helped Cooke from having to have his past offenses brought up in relation to this issue.

    Although now living in the South, I still was in Montreal for Sunday’s game so am still close to the game and some do the “players” in it (thank them for the Habs tickets last week).

    The League needs to be rid of “rats” like Cooke who target other players with the intent to injure. A good read here….
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=matt%20cooke%20suspension&source=web&cd=11&ved=0CCoQFjAK&url=http%3A%2F%2Fnhl.si.com%2F2014%2F04%2F22%2Fmatt-cookes-long-rap-sheet-of-nhl-suspensions-and-dirty-hits%2F&ei=1sZZU4mSCIqSyASPrIKAAg&usg=AFQjCNGy3ZyKogoW5yN7mgU7qGrjuBrUFA

    • avscup - Apr 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      Me to Canuck. In fact a team mate wore the A for your Canucks a long time ago (early 90’s). Another friend won the cup, I wore his ring! Wish it were me but my career ended after college. Lots of people in MN are players by association. You know, grew up around it so they played. Like Clark16.

      In any case, you are spot on correct!

    • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

      Interesting debate Canuckles… My suggestion to you is to better focus your attention on that which happens just below the surface. Like Joe Walsh once said–some stare into the water and only see their own reflection staring back at them. There’s a whole eco-system down there that furnishes the reasons for that which many find unreasonable. Good luck. ;)

  38. cliffatola - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    I can’t believe that they stated there was a chance he wouldn’t be considered a repeat offender because he had kept his act clean for more than 18 months. I am sorry but he deserved to sit for stepping on Karlsson’ Achilles and the NHL dropped the ball on that one too. At some point in time there should be a time the slate doesn’t wipe clean, say your third suspension it becomes a mandatory minimum of ten games and escalates from there. I am sorry but you can only show contrition so many times before it sounds like you are reading from a teleprompter…………

  39. canuckinamerica - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Joe was snorting about 113 lines a day when he wrote that, so take it with a grain of salt. Or, powder.

    • clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      See–here again, Canuckler–meaning below the surface. Most assert that recreational drug use expands the consciousness and depth of perspective and both Joe/I agree–that’s just what you need… :)

  40. canuckinamerica - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    And clarkie…….doing as you suggest. Centre Bell Sunday night and now below the surface…..Van Andle Arena next Wednesday for an AHL playoff game.

  41. clarke16 - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Right on. Post a link to your article, ‘nuck. Love to read it…

  42. canuckinamerica - Apr 25, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Last weekend Montreal. Now in GR……..perhaps you are right and I might need some help. Go Griffins

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