Pittsburgh Penguins: Matt Cooke Replaces Jarkko Ruutu as Pens' Agitator

WoooooSenior Writer IJuly 6, 2008

The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to terms on a two-year contract with free agent forward Matt Cooke on Saturday.

Cooke tallied 23 points (10 G, 13 A) last season, splitting time with the Washington Capitals and Vancouver Canucks.

The 5'11", 205-pound native of Belleville, Ontario is a versatile forward who will add depth to the Penguins' lineup.

Many are calling Cooke Jarkko Ruutu's replacement. Though these two players are similar, Cooke tends to hit more than his counterpart.

Cooke recorded 198 hits during the 2007-08 regular season, good for 14th best in the league.

Though Cooke won't likely be skating alongside Sidney Crosby on the Pens' top line, this is a great acquisition that increases the depth of the team and provides more toughness through the lineup.