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Wild’s Cooke offered in-person hearing for knee-on-knee collision with Barrie

Apr 22, 2014, 12:28 AM EDT

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke is facing a lengthy suspension in these Stanley Cup playoffs for an ugly knee-on-knee collision that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie on Monday.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has offered Cooke an in-person hearing, which means a ban could exceed five games. A date and time was not announced. The department made the announcement via Twitter.

It was reported following Monday’s game that Barrie suffered an MCL injury and is out now four-to-six weeks.

The incident took place early in the second period of the Wild’s 1-0 overtime victory over the Avalanche. Colorado still leads the series 2-1.

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  1. clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    What a joke. They’re going to take Cookie out for, at minimum, the rest of the series… What ever happened to hockey, anyway?…

    • clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      …all because of his name… Last name = Bickell for way worse hit = no hearing whatsoever…

      League cred = :::flush:::

      • sabatimus - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:31 AM

        Just shut up already.

      • 950003cups - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        Matt Cooke is a bad guy. If he changed his name to Chubby Johnson, guess what? He’d still be a bad guy. His day is coming. Someone is gonna make a name for themselves by ending his career, and nobody will care. It will be a well deserved career ending, possibly paralizing, injury. So get off Matt Cooke’s jock.

    • titansbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Minnesota fans be like: “But Matt Cooke hasn’t ended anybody’s career in like 3 years. He’s changed!”

      • lordfletcher - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        Seriously, Cooke has been a Wild for 9 months… Us Wild fans haven’t said he’s changed to the degree of Pittsburgh fans. Not throwing them under the bus but being practical. Do also realize most Wild fans still have a major hatred for him from his Vancouver days.

        Go spew your BS elsewhere cry baby

      • lordfletcher - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:56 AM

        Remove the spew bs comment as that was intended elsewhere …. Too many comments to keep up with.


      • pariserules - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        cutelittleguy you are a complete idiot

      • pariserules - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:32 PM

        Titan you are a complete idiot if you think what you posted is remotely correct.

    • pats2001 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      the minnesota media should do what the pittsburgh writers did and nominate him for the masterson trophy

      • 950003cups - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Minnesota fans and media weren’t too thrilled when he signed. As lordfletcher said, it was Pittsburgh fans that were claiming he was a changed man

      • pats2001 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:22 PM

        good point, you’re right, the media didn’t like the cooke signing. that’s because media people and fans from minnesota understand hockey. just like other respectable hockey cities like chicago, philly, new york, new jersey…heck even LA. too bad people from pittsburgh don’t get it

      • ctsteel - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Or they could do what the Boston media would do and go out and beat up a 12 year old.

      • matt14gg - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        “ctsteel” please cite what you are talking about. It’s a gutless statement that some -ussy who doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about would make. I know what you are talking about, but I’d like you to give the complete story. You won’t cuz it bears no resemblance to what you just said. What a gutless comment. I’m sure you cheer all day long for the rapist who QB’s your football team though.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      If you’re a hockey fan, you’re not defending Cooke. That wasn’t a hockey hit – that was targeted to injure the knee of Barrie. With Cooke’s 7 suspensions and Barrie out 4-6 weeks, Cooke deserves 20 games. I can’t believe the trolls on this site.

  2. sjsharks66 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Im not defending Cooke, he needs to sit the rest of the series. However, they are going to claim he is a repeat offender even though he has gone 18 months without incident? If that’s the case, this is a serious case of the name on the back of the jersey. I may be losing my marbles but I never remember them only using that for fines??

    • clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:45 AM

      They make it up as they go along. It’s ruining hockey. Call it with uniformity–or don’t call it at all…

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:52 AM

        It’s all in the CBA. It’s a boring read, but it will help you understand the process and guiding principles.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Guys, Cooke not being a repeat offender under the CBA only really has an impact on his forfeited salary. He still has a disciplinary history. -Jason Brough

    • 950003cups - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:01 AM

      Dude you couldn’t be any more wrong. They suspended Mike Rupp who’s NEVER had an issue before that nasty hit. This jack ass has made a career of ruining careers. So, it’s not the name on the jersey. It’s the A-Hole wearing it. He should be banned for the first 10 games of next season and the test of the playoffs.

    • micklethepickle - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:33 AM

      Wouldn’t it be ironic if Cooke returns and scrambles Hertl’s brains next season? Would you still defend and support this despicable human being if he turned his talent (ending careers) on the Sharks?

      Oh, right, of course you would, because you are just a POS Pens fan that pretends to like the Sharks!

  3. joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    At least 5 games…. I hope more.

    From the CBA

    18.2 General. It is the parties’ intention to impose Supplementary Discipline for On-Ice conduct in a swift, effective and consistent manner with respect to conduct proscribed by League Playing Rules, including the use of excessive and unnecessary force and reckless acts resulting in injury. In doing so, however, the parties do not intend to alter the basic fabric of our game. In deciding on Supplementary Discipline for On-Ice Conduct, the following factors will
    be taken into account:

    (a) The type of conduct involved: conduct in violation of League Playing Rules, and
    whether the conduct is intentional or reckless, and involves the use of excessive and unnecessary force. Players are responsible for the consequences of their actions.

    (b) Injury to the opposing Player(s) involved in the incident.

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:58 AM

      5 games? Yeah maybe, but Joey, you can’t think that this warrants more than the hit Seabrook put on Backes.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        Charlie, 5 games is the minimum for an in-person hearing. Cooke’s action was a deliberate attempt to knee a player. He clearly led with the knee, and because of that the Avs just lost Barrie for at least 4 weeks. Seabrook did not target the head, and is not a repeat offender. Expect 8 or 10 games.

      • no - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        I’m guessing you were born in 96 there charles because that train of thought is something only a modern day helicopter mother could instill in a child

        seabs: no intent to injure, no intent to hit the head, no prior record
        Cooke: established scumbag with penalty/suspension history spanning the length of a great novel with a clear target on Barrie

        just because little davey had a little tummyache after the hit doesn’t mean seabs gets more games. try again.

  4. Barry's Triceps - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Remember when sports put an emphasis on endurance? If that sissy cant take a little knee shot he shouldn’t be a pro athlete. Cooke plays the game the way it was meant to be played. Based on the comments ive read before mine, are you guys wnba fans first and hockey fans second? This group of commenters probably wants Roger goodell to give em flags. What a bunch of Nancy boys. Im buying a Cooke Jersey, you soccer moms enjoy your Jason Collins and Michael Sam team t shirts.

    • 950003cups - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:03 AM

      You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t you?

      • titansbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:12 AM

        Nah just regular stupid.

    • barrysbicep - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:24 AM

      I oppose you.

      • skr213 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:05 PM


    • phxyotes - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      You must of been crushed when you realized that hockey wasn’t really like the movie Slap Shot. Last I checked intentionally injuring someone and possibly ruining their career is frowned upon. You go ahead and waste your money on a Cooke jersey, and when he’s long gone and remembered by nobody for his lack of achievements on the ice you can wear that bad boy at your local white trash bar and brag about how much of a bad a$$ he was at taking cheap shots at other players.

  5. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:00 AM


    see me … see me playing on my ipad … see me playing on my ipad with the fastest internet speed on the planet earth … see me access the same links you access off of my bookmarks in safari

    quit with the repetitious bullcrap quoting … it’s tedious beyond measure

    fifty people have attacked you on this point … learn to listen

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:09 AM

      I choose not to listen. What makes you think I’ll listen to you? You too be gone. Insects are to be squashed underfoot. 😉

  6. sabatimus - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:33 AM

    Good for the league for doing the in-person.

    Shut the hell up to the troll who’s been contaminating these boards all year. He knows who he is.

  7. rushledger - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Cooke deserves to get something, no doubt about it, how many isn’t my job to decided. Still I’d like to see other players get suspended who deserve it, not just fines for money they won’t miss, like Lucic, he deserved a game, but he’s a draw so it won’t happen, like Weber in 2012 should have been suspended a game but he wasn’t because he too is a draw and even losing him for a game could have ruined the series for Nashville.

  8. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:02 AM


    but you should listen …

    you make a trite statement, then substantiate your argument with a quote linked to rules or collective agreements while not tying your statement to your quote

    not unusual in these boards but i expect more from you

    the league has rules of play and it has a governing collective agreement … they are nothing more than framework for policy … policy might involve four feet of dense material springing from interpretation of rules or collective agreements

    on the surface of debate, people look to rules and collective agreements for general guidance … the meat of discussion occurs over policy

    use framework of rules and collective agreements, but offer debate and discussion by relating an issue to the framework, while manufacturing findings against existing policy

    the who and what in the present versus the who and what already grounded in policy … it’s interesting to read and likely to engender debate from those willing and capable

    • imgoingtowichita - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      I believe you lost him Muck

  9. mackattack29 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    As an avs fan who went to the game last night in Minnesota. I have never seen a team intentionally try to injure as many players as possible in last night’s game. Minny is not normally a dirty team but it just seemed like cooke’s play spread like cancer through the lineup… IIf Cooke doesn’t get 5 games or more I will once again be beyond disappointed in the nhl. This the exact kind of things that the nhl needs less of. They dropped the ball on lucic and Perry. Just please get this horrible person out of the game I love. Oh and the way that the Minnesota fans were reacting at the game was despicable… laughing at barrie as he was struggling to get to the bench and cheering Cooke every time he was on the ice… When Benoit went down they were laughing once again… just wow. Lost so much respect for the whole organization and fans.

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:31 AM

      Foolish comment. So erik johnson punching parises head into the ice is no big deal but 1 ill adivesed knee on knee makes it the most goonish game youve ever seen?

      the wild took it to them offensively all night long, and finished their checks cleanyly throughout. I think you sshould take your purplish red tinted avs glasses off and accetpt the loss… No on wanted to see Barrie injured and I know Cooke did not intend it.

      Also, i’ve seen your comments the last few days so dont act like you ever had respect for the wild or their fans.

      • titansbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        You know Cooke did not intend it? Are you a personal friend of his? Even if you were (you are not), do you think he would admit that he was trying to hit him like that? The video doesn’t lie my friend. Matt Cooke is a trash hockey player, been proving it his entire career. I could care less about the Wild or the Avalanche. But you simply cannot overlook his history. The proof is in the pudding.

    • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      WOW! Just WOW! Take of the Av’s colored blinders macattack29.

      Your guys have been doing the SAME EXACT thing to Granlund and Brodin since Game 1. That clown-show McCleoud (of the clan DOUCHE) has been trying to hurt people since the beginning of the series (as is his M.O. when he plays the Wild).

      It just so happens that Cooke’s knee hit Benoit’s knee when Benoit tried to avoid Cooke’s open ice check…similar things could have happened to Wild players all series, they just luckily (for the Wild) haven’t as of yet…the Wild’s unlucky bounces this series have been with the puck, not with injuries (unlike the Avs last month and a half, which have been RIDDLED with injuries). It certainly didn’t look to me, or most who saw it, that Cooke intentionally tried to knee him. He was going in for a hit, Benoit moved to the right, Cooke could no longer stop due to his speed, they clipped knees…it happens and it’s unfortunate.

      I’d imagine Cooke (due to his name and this injury, not necessarily the intent) will get suspended and won’t see another playoff game this series, if at all this year.

      • hockey412 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:44 AM

        Barrie. It was Barrie. Not Benoit.

        I’ve been a Cooke supporter in the past, and I have no idea what Barrie was thinking ignoring Cooke skating towards him…but no, they have to sit him – I do believe he meant it. If you look at Cooke’s body he’s leaning backward…with his knee into Barrie’s. It just doesn’t look like he’s trying to take the body.

        Hopefully the 4-6 weeks thing was BS meant to get Cooke suspended longer (not sure how they’d know that so quickly), and if so, more power to them.

      • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        Yep Barrie, my bad on the name.

      • pariserules - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        Could not agree with you more. In fact if you look at the video a couple of times, you can see that Berrie injured his knee veering to his right to avoid contact with Cook. Either player could have pontentially injured themselves with the knee to knee contact but clearly the damage was done before the hit

      • pariserules - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

        Could not agree with you more. In fact if you look at the video a couple of times, you can see that Barrie injured his knee veering to his right to avoid contact with Cook. Either player could have potentially injured themselves with the knee to knee contact but clearly the damage was done before the hit

    • Idaslapter - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      I agree. I think the fans and the team have karma waiting for them. The behavior of both was deplorable.

    • willrad00 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      At the risk of becoming a target for all those who already replied, I also was at the game and the fans were pretty bad. Lots of jeering at Benoit and Barrie as they’re hurt especially. Nothing ridiculous, but it was really annoying as an avs fan to hear the drunk idiots next to me talk about how Barrie should learn to skate and is a Pu$$y, when hes missing 4-6 weeks.

      • purpleguy - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        If they did, that’s weak, and shouldn’t have happened; however, you gotta admit that Benoit’s recuperative powers rival that of Wolverine.

    • purpleguy - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Pretty ignorant and uneducated post, but fans of their respective teams are rarely going to look at things objectively. Whether Cooke’s check was intentional or not, he should have at least been careful, and deserves to sit at least 5 games. The rest of the game was just good hard hockey, with physical play by both teams. For every time Parise got mugged by an Avs player, so did one of the Aves top liners get mugged by the Wild. Of course Wild fans whined about it, but everyone should be wise enough to see from both sides of the street.

      • spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        The amount of time the players cooke has cheap shotted far outweighs his suspension time. And losing him is no big deal either for minny once the damage is done. He’s a deplorable human being and has no place in the ice. None. So disgusted with minny only fan reaction. Odd how that works. Why was that needed to? They were dominating this game at that point, but they still feared a loss bc Varly stepped up big. Strange how the team couldn’t hang earlier changed the game to a roman arena sport to get back in it. Funny our pp struggled too right? May have been different with their main pp qb? Sorry, this game was tripe bc of a long time ass.

        EJ defending his net is not he same thing or even in its zip code. Stoner, almost all the wild and Avs do the same thing every time a goalie gets touched. As for the barrie kid did it to himself, unreal. That line of thinking is so stupid I can’t help you much outside of shaking my head. Pathetic response from most in a state that gives us so many fine US players. Pathetic to even defend that guy, much less applaud him and mock devastating injury.

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

      mackattack29, you are a prototypical Avs fan! Seriously. Avs fans get so pissed when any of their players get hit…you guys are calling for penalties ALL OF THE TIME. You fail to realize that big hits are a part of this game and do not always warrant a penalty. You know why this is? Because you are not a hockey state. It is not in your roots, and therefore, a great majority of fans in Colorado do not understand hockey. To say that Minnesota was out to injure, please, just stop. Minnesota is one of the cleanest hockey teams in the league.

      Yes, Matt Cooke may deserve a suspension for his hit, even if it wasn’t totally intentional. Knee on knee hits have to come out of the game….believe me, we here in Minnesota have been plagued by that from dolts like Dustin Brown.

      So, get yourself a hockey education, and understand where the NHL came from before you were lucky enough to land the Nordiques in ’95.

    • tved12 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      So it takes just a couple of drunk idiots to make you think different of an entire group of people? I sure hope people don’t judge you the way you do others, based off of the actions of few.

      Not one person I’ve talked to has said that was an ok hit. Not one person I’ve talked to has said he shouldn’t be suspended. Then again, none of them were drunken fools when I talked to them. MN is known as a clean team who plays hard and they have a great knowledgeable fan base. Don’t let those idiots bring you down.

      As for the entire team playing dirty, now you’re starting to sound like an Avs fan. It was a great game for the Wild, apart from the Cooke hit, they played a great clean game. Who else was “intentionally” trying to hurt people last night?

  10. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:37 AM


    the playoffs are a war of attrition, not unlike the regular season, but with less time to recover … player health is clearly immaterial, and skill players are direct subject of attack

    changes will come from two bodies though it’s unclear who will have more power and affect

    those underwriting lost-time insurance can’t be happy with hundreds of millions of dollars in claims … i’d like to see how they assess risk and value of premiums … i’d like to see if general underwriters carry part of the loss burden, mitigating loss to the nhl

    if the insurers continue taking these losses, and if those losses are carried by players through retirement, they’ll super-assess the nhl on policy premiums until the nhl bleeds green

    then you’ll see change in administration of the rules of the game

    and of course there are the courts … were a massive and open-ended settlement imposed on the nhl and its owners in these concussion lawsuits, you can be damn sure you’ll see change because those losses are likely not insured

    what insurer would underwrite an unheard lawsuit

    the nhl and owners only understand bottom line, so stick them where it hurts … in the purse

    nothing changes perspective like an emptying purse

    • jetsnhawks - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Blablabla bla bla bla. Just shut up already, no one is impressed at how much drivel you can post, and most certainly no one thinks youre as special as you and your mom think you are.

  11. jhaegs - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    When is Bickell’s hearing?….. Wait, what?

    • micklethepickle - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      Remind me again how many careers Bickell has tried to end? Cooke is in double digits now. He deserves to be thrown out of the league, but knowing the NHL they will likely just tell him he has been bad and send him to bed without dinner…

  12. 950003cups - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    Oh, and if it’s an “in person hearing” he’s likely to get a minimum of 5 games. Otherwise it would’ve been a phone call. It goes to show, the league is gonna finally do something about this guy.

    • slickvb82 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:26 AM

      The league has always suspended him for questionable hits. The only one he wasn’t was the Savard hit. His longest to date was the final ten games and first round of 2011 while in Pitt. To say the league is finally going to do something about this guy just doesn’t make sense.

      My guess is five games. Take his name out and it would be 2. Seabrooke gets 2 for a much worse hit on Backes.

      • titansbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:21 AM

        Why take his name out of it? The dude has a LONG history of this garbage & you cannot overlook that. I saw the video above, he looks like he skated into him with his knee sticking out as if he was trying to hit him that way. And this is not a player who is deserving of the benefit of the doubt.

  13. blkeskimo1785 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:05 AM

    Regardless of whether or not there was intent, it still was a bad hit. He led with his left leg. Period. And although he’s cleaned up his act the past couple of years, he’s still had moments in the past of knee-on-knee hits. Not saying that he was told to go after Barrie, but when you take out one of the opposing team’s top players with a questionable hit, it looks shady. I hope the Avs don’t spend the rest of the series trying to get the Wild back…I’m sure they won’t, because Roy will keep them focused. But if Cooke still remains with the Wild (and/or in the league) next season…all I have to say is, remember what Darren McCarty did to Claude Lemieux after the hit on Kris Draper.

  14. matt14gg - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:51 AM

    Bad play by Cooke and I’m guessing he will get the remainder of this series off. For the person who wonders about fans saying Cooke hasn’t been punished for his hits, I think the point being made is that he hasn’t been punished under the guidelines of the new CBA…guidelines which can basically be described as “Pre-Cooke” and “Post-Cooke”.

    People said Cooke “changed” which was nonsense. He reined it in for a while cuz he wanted to be able to feed his family, but he’s the same guy he’s always been. I will always believe the Karlson play was intentional and this was a deliberate attempt to take out a guy’s knee.

    Funny too that Darius Kasparaitis made a career out of this very same hit…but for the guy wondering where his game has gone and complaining about all the sissies on this site…IT’S A DIFFERENT TIME!!! Adapt or die. It’s the classic case of natural selection. Cooke and players like him are slowly playing their way out of the league because the game has changed and will continue to change. I don’t always like it, but it’s a fact of life. In the case of Cooke it will be good riddance when he’s gone.

    • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      “People said Cooke “changed” which was nonsense. He reined it in for a while cuz he wanted to be able to feed his family, but he’s the same guy he’s always been.”

      How many games, exactly, have you seen Mat Cooke play recently? I’d imagine maybe a total of what, 10, over the last few years…maximum?

      If so, keep your mouth shut about whether or not someone has changed…you’ve NO idea about him as a person or player. Cooke has played exceptionally well since putting on a Wild sweater with 0 incidents or issues. I think the same could pretty much be said for him in Pittsburgh before that.

      Compare that to previous years and the evidence is in…Matt Cooke has changed his play style and had many fewer disciplinary incidents since playing in Pitt and Minny. The evidence is there whether or not people chose to believe it.

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

        You are pathetic. So now he only tries to end careers and take cheap shots once or twice a year instead of 5 or 6 times a year? Wow, what a changed man.

      • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        oh please mick, get a clue…there was no intent to injure on the play. You can believe whatever you want, but if you watched the whole play and not just the clip you’d see the lack of intent to injure.

        Plus…what’s with the personal attack, calling me pathetic for standing up for a guy who’s done nothing but play good, controlled hockey all year (which you’ve, and most others posting here, likely seen 0 games of) and had 1 bad play. This happens to some players many, many times a year (Dustin Brown), but no complaints there…

        Was Cooke trying to finish his check? Yes.
        Were the Avs doing the same to the Wild all night? Yes.
        Is it unfortunate that an injury occurred? Yes, very much so.
        Was Cooke trying to injure someone? No, he was finishing the check he had started.
        Should and will he be punished for the hit? Yes, I’d imagine he’ll be down for 5+ games. Likely won’t see him in the playoffs again.
        Will his name have a lot more to do with the suspension (and the FAUX outrage on this site this AM) than what actually happened? Yes, very similar hits have happened all year long and didn’t get a suspension nearly as long as Cooke will get, if at all.

      • jtijj5 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:49 PM

        Bull. Cooke intended to try to injury Barrie and he did. No other Wild player or Av player in the series has tried to injure an opposing player. That includes the Wild player who took Benoit down hard to the ice by and Benoit hit his head. Cooke’s last suspension was 17 games for a hit to the head. Cooke doesn’t respect the game or his fellow players. I am an Avs fan but u can’t judge the rest of the Wild who played a physical but clean game except for Cooke last night. Cooke is a disgrace and he will get rest of playoffs and 20 games beginning of next season. Another incident he should face same fate as Marty McSorley.

      • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:11 PM

        Intent to hit? Yes

        Intent to injure? No

        The injury was caused by 2 things:
        1. Cooke going for a strong, open ice hit like he’s been doing all year, a year in which has been devoid of anything at all dirty by Cooke
        2. Barrie attempting to get out of the way but not in time

        Accidents happens, people get hurt.

        Parise could have easily been hurt when his head was being repeatedly punched into the ice by an Avs player…but he wasn’t, and no penalty was even assessed to the Avs.

        There were multiple hits all series long where I’ve seen that goon McCleoud (spelling, but whatever..he’s a douchenozzle anyway) try to take someone out (Granlund and Brodin have been marked for big hits all series).

    • valoisvipers - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Is that you Mitch?

      • pariserules - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:29 PM

        Ignath you are exactly correct. I played hockey for 13 years and in fact injured my knee on a knee to knee collision. Hockey is a violent sport so there are going to be violent collisions. Especially given the fact that the 2 players are going at high speeds directly at each other.
        Barrie saw Cook, veered sharply to his right to avoid contact and injured his knee with that move before Cook even contacted him. Cook was trying to get a piece of Barrie not injure him. On the other hand, Johnson shoving Parise from behind, knocking him into the goal post then attacking him from the top was complete bush league. Players get hurt. there have been many more questionable hit is this series than Cook’s. The combination of his past and Barrie getting hurt have made this way over the top. The Wild so dominated the Avs last night that the one thing the Avs fans want to concentrate on is that play. Cook will get suspended and it will be a loss for the Wild because he now plays the game as it should be played.

  15. toiletclown - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:22 AM

    What a bunch of snatches on this site. I guess most commenters on here never played hockey. It’s a mans game girls get over it.

    • titansbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Actually there are lots of females that play hockey too.

    • willrad00 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Why don’t you go stick your head in a toilet, you clown…

      (But seriously)

    • wayoffpiste - Apr 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      I guarantee that both of my girls could skate circles around you Tolietclown. You may be right about a lot of the people here commenting never stepping out on to the ice, but your weak “man-up” references are a little short-sided. But then again, you are probably trying to re-live your glory days of barely being 4th line on your house-league Pee Wee team. Why don’t YOU “man-up” Uncle Rico and respect the game of hockey…all hockey.

  16. joejacks - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:36 AM

    Cooke’s hit was intentional w intent to injure. This is the kind of dirty play that needs to be taken out of the game by the league or to be enforced by the enforcers. He should be suspended 20 games in and out of playoffs. If not then the Avs have to take out Parise. Simple as that.

    • 7mantel - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      I dislike cooke as much as you but to say the Avs have to take out Parise is just not right ! To go after Parise would be like someone bashing you because some jerk you know got in a brawl that you had nothing to do with ,but you know him so you deserve it !

    • tved12 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      So we need to get injuries out of the game, but you want somebody to intentionally hurt Parise?

      Do you actually think before you type, or does it just come out of your @ss?

  17. mangoman1966 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Agree. Looked like a good hit. Its because of who threw the hit. Wish we had him back in pittsburgh

    • 7mantel - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      At first I couldn’t figure why ,but after thinking about it ,it would be a smart move by Mario .That way he can’t take one of the Pitt players out with his cheap shots ! He add him to his collection of cheap shot artist !

  18. phxyotes - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Looks like Cooke won’t get away with this one, unlike a certain other incident where he may or may not of cut a guys Achilles.

    • titansbro - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      He definitely cut the guys achilles. It may or may not have been intentional.

    • ignath - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:26 PM

      The fact that anyone believes that Cooke intentionally sliced a “certain persons” Achilles tells me all I need to know about that persons mentality and their bias against Cooke.

  19. heynyc61 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    There is no defending him. He has a very long history. He gets no benefit of the doubt. He ended Marc savards career. What a selfish act. He was playing well

  20. montrealbbr - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I hope he’s suspended for the rest of the playoffs. If you want to hurt people then go join the UFC.

  21. bgord - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Cooke is nothing more than a gutless puke.. Join Sean avery and please go away. You suck as a person and a hockey player. Give the spot to someone who wants to play hockey

  22. bustmustplus - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    You guys have no idea whats going on do you? Where is Bickell’s hearing…oh thats right didnt even have one. $10 fine. Move along

  23. cheetah440 - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    How many more careers does this idiot need to end before he gets a lifetime ban? Most of you noob kids don’t even know who Marc Savard is. Someone needs to end it for Cooke. Cross check to the face, two handed hack across the back of the neck. This animal needs to go. The one regret from last year is a Bruin didn’t make the sacrifice to do this. Cooke needs to go one way or the other.

    • spiciercheez - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Um did he just end Barrie’s career? 4-6 weeks is a pretty short career….

      • cheetah440 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        wasn’t for lack of trying. And We don’t know, same type of hit that ended Neely’s career. Took a few years……..And you can’t say he wasn’t trying to go knee on knee, totally obvious.

        Cooke is the worst thing for hockey, absolute worst.

      • spiciercheez - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        How can you say he was trying to go for the knee? I truly don’t believe he went out there with the intent to hurt someone. Barrie bailed out of the hit and it was unfortunate that Cooke’s knee went out. I’m not saying Cooke should get off clean but you are acting like he tried to murder Barrie. Barrie takes that hit like a man and he’s fine….

      • spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        What the f is with this man up GARBAGE?! Did he run from a fight after a big hit and or suspect play?! Oh wait, that’s cooke’s mo. Stop sounding like an fn fool and realize the guy you are defending is trash and that was one of many terrible plays. No place in this game for him. None.

      • spiciercheez - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Whoa, you yelled ‘garbage’ so that point was really driven home. Nice work. Is Cooke’s hit worse that Bickell’s? I don’t see you pouring tears out over that one. Not to mention, “when you avoid contact, you leave limbs exposed.” I already said I wasn’t defending him but these hits happen in the NHL…get over yourself

    • cavafox - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Just to be clear. Cooke might have contributed to ending Savards career, but in reality the real reason it was ended was because of poor concussion protocol and coming back to the ice too soon. Savard may have had a long and lustrous career if he hadn’t come back too early from the concussion.

      • cheetah440 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        That’s nice, let’s blame Savard….That’s a new twist.

  24. terrier92 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Hey Barry Triceps it’s obvious from your dumb comment you never played the game . Every knee on knee is a stupid play and has no place in the game . These type of hits can end a career. Believe me they are not looked on kindly in any locker room.

    • cheetah440 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      no no, only 4-6 weeks. What’s the big deal.

  25. vstar1us - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    The NHL will do anything so the Wild can’t advance! The refs are doing the best to call everything against the Wild…….

    • 7mantel - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Blaming the refs is a losers mentality !

  26. southstands1 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Wow…I’m amazed so many people are defending Cooke on here. The guy is a goon and everyone knows it.

    Here’s the thing though…there’s nothing wrong with that…every team needs that physical guy that intimidates people. I don’t despise Cooke for knowing his role. That said, Cooke needed to learn the art of being physical and intimidating without being cheap. At this point of his career and with his reputation, that’s not going to happen.

    Bottom line, I do think his hit on Barrie was a cheap shot and I do think it deserves a suspension. Will the suspension be worse than it deserves because the offender is Matt Cooke? Probably. It is what it is though and Cooke should not be surprised at what is coming his way.

    • cheetah440 - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      Most people on here don’t understand the game, have ADD and don’t understand history. Someone with Cooke’s sordid past, and he is still doing it. It’s really mind boggling that he is still in the league. He’s just a real bad guy.

      • clarke16 - Apr 22, 2014 at 12:00 PM

        I know cheetah’s can run fast…but I guess I wasn’t aware of how painfully dull, inastute and repetitive they can be–but hey, I just guess it proves that having an acorn-sized brain is a good thing for speed, anyway… :)

      • cheetah440 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        yawn. Cheetah’s eat neanderthals for breakfast. Watch out.

  27. spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Cooke needs to go quail hunting with Dick Cheney.

  28. spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    That being said, this garbage took everything away from a kid making and pulling off an amazing play to end this game. What a power move and goal. I want to just tip my hat, but i have destroyed mcls and laughing wild creeps in my way.

    • mackattack29 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      Couldn’t agree more spoonz. Can’t wait until we trounce these fools back in Denver in game 5 to win the series.

  29. skr213 - Apr 22, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I’m glad they’re taking this seriously. So when is that hearing for Dustin Brown for all his knee on knee hits?

  30. kagey7 - Apr 22, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Until the NHL gets on top of these kind of things they will remain the #3 sport in the country. There are many of us out here who may or may not follow a team but love to watch playoff hockey. Up until this game I was really getting into the games, watched many of them without having any loyalties to any. But trying to take out another player in the hopes that you can make up a deficit by doing so disgusts me. Seems to me the league should be trying to draw in fans as it is a fun, fun game to watch. The game deserves better than this.

    • mackattack29 - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

      Exactly. Believe me as a person who has played hockey since i was 4 and watched hockey since i was born. Players like Cooke ruin the game for more than just the casual viewer. I attended the game in minnesota and I was sickened by cooke’s play and the reaction by wild fans at the game. First they were laughing at barrie as he was hobbling off the ice. Then there was a picture on twitter of a wild fan flipping off benoit as he was lying motionless on the ice. I just don’t understand how a person could treat another human being with such callousness. It’s just a sport and Cooke took it to a different, very low level. And the wild fans condoned and even enjoyed it. Lost so much respect for that organization.

  31. cutelittleguy02 - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Sure he will be suspended. He is not playing for Boston Bruins but Minnesota. Btw we don t need this guy in the playoffs, dirty play like him. I need to vomit.

  32. pariserules - Apr 22, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    To be honest, I have to say that i was more disturbed by Parise crosschecking the Avs player in the throat than by Cook’s hit. That being said, the mugging that the Avs are doing to Parise, Granlund and some of the other Wild players explains that Parise was done putting up with the tactics of the Avs players on him. Johnson attacking Parise after knocking him down from behind then jumping on top of him and going at Parise’s head was as flagrant as it gets and no he didn’t injure him so i guess that is legal and a qualiity hit. That no call was a complete JOKE. If Parise would have caught the goal pipe in the face after that hit, guess what guys we wouldn’t be talking about Matt Cook.

  33. spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Oh, don’t forget this gem in the first period…but he was just playing hard hockey!

  34. spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:44 PM

  35. spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    history is there to learn from, not ignore


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