Updates from Friday, April 25
Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos has an update on Cooke:
Updates from Thursday, April 24
Patrick Roy spoke about Matt Cooke's suspension (via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press):
Cooke also issued a statement (via Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press and Rob Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun):
Matt Cooke: "It was not my intent to collide knee-to-knee. Meant to finish my check."— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) April 24, 2014
"Since 2011 I've been a changed player. The stats over the last three seasons prove I'm a changed player." - Cooke— Rob Tychkowski (@Sun_Tychkowski) April 24, 2014
NHL.com had video of Cooke's full statement:
If Matt Cooke is going to return for this year's postseason, the Minnesota Wild are going to have to find a way past the Colorado Avalanche.
Following a knee-to-knee collision that left Colorado's Tyson Barrie sidelined with an MCL injury in Game 3, the 35-year-old veteran has been suspended seven games by the NHL.
The Star Tribune's Michael Russo has the news:
John Shannon of HockeyCentral on Sportsnet reports on how long Cooke has to appeal the suspension:
Matt Cooke has 48 hours to appeal his 7 game suspension.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 24, 2014
Cooke, whose extensive history of dirty hits, fines and suspensions has turned him into one of the biggest villains in the league, collided with Barrie in the second-period on Monday night. The Avs' 22-year-old burgeoning star defenseman was forced from the game and eventually diagnosed with an MCL injury that will keep him out for at least a month.
Here's a look at the play in question:
The incident netted Cooke a two-minute minor penalty for kneeing, but the result was clearly much worse for Barrie, and Avalanche teammate Erik Johnson, via Andy McDonnell, put it simply:
Cooke has worked to repair his image over the last couple of seasons, but it's impossible to ignore his history when someone ends up hurt from one of his hits, and TSN's Darren Dreger believes the punishment was just:
I thought 7-10 games for Cooke would be fair. Playoff games remain more heavily weighted.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 24, 2014
In 82 games for the Wild this season, Cooke logged just over 15 minutes per game on the ice, tallying 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) and a plus/minus of plus-eight.
What do you think about Cooke's suspension?
The Wild were able to capture Game 3 at home, but they still face a two-games-to-one deficit in the series. Game 4 is on Thursday, but no matter what happens, Cooke will be sidelined for the entirety of the series.
If Minnesota is eliminated, he'll serve the rest of his suspension at the beginning of next season.