Matt Cooke "Strikes" Again, It's Time For Him To Move On (GIF)

The Minnesota Wild have been eliminated from the NHL Playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks. The rest of the NHL should thank the Blackhawks, now Matt Cooke is off the ice for at least the rest of this season.

Cooke, who is just off a seven-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on Tyson Barrie, has decided to play the villain yet again. Last night, Cooke took the rule book and ignored everything about hitting from behind, delivering a hit with no regard for player safety. The Wild forward is not without hockey skill, but he is without a shred of self-control, and now the question will once again be brought up: Is it time for Matt Cooke to find a new league to play in?

Just because I can’t believe Cooke is so ignorant, we found a GIF for you to watch, thanks to SB Nation.


Cooke, via SB Nation

One could try to argue the hit on Johnny Oduya was in part due to the slight turn Oduya made, but that’s simply not true. Matt Cooke came flying in and engaged contact. There was no attempt to move and that hit did not need to be made. Cooke is looking at the seventh suspension of his career (and perhaps should have been suspended in two other instances), and it should be the final suspension of his career.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has the chance to finally show this is not okay. It’s time for a one-year suspension, if not the end of Cooke’s career. But I’m sure that will not happen; after all, this is the NHL.

If the NHL doesn’t get a clue soon, players will take matters into their own hands. It’s time to get rid of the instigator rule, and allow players to once again watch their backs, as the NHL clearly cannot police the game.



Tags: Chicago Blaackhawks Johnny Oduya Matt Cooke Minnesota Wild NHL Suspenshion

  • John

    Patrick, I think you’re being blinded by some bias. I too hate the hits where it seems these guys have no respect for each other, especially the ones from behind. However, during this hit, Cooke clearly slows down and makes an attempt to get in front of Oduya. In fact, Cooke’s right leg is in front of him when he makes contact. I would prefer that he didn’t make the hit, but to say that this warrants a ban from the NHL is laughable and obviously driven by something other than evidence and common sense. You may need to take a breather and re-read the definition of impartiality.

    • Patrick Helper

      John, thank you for comment. I’m not blinded, but I am sick of seeing Cookes name in headlines for poor as you eluded to questionable hits. I feel the league needs to make an example out of him. You are correct a ban is most likely too hard, but a season or 1/2 a season may be the right amount. In Cookes cause I think his reputation is becoming a haunting issue.

      • Victorious Secret

        You say you are not blinded, but continue to state your bias in the same sentence. Which is exactly what the first poster said…

  • Kristine

    *** Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche was the player that dirt bag Cooke took out with the knee on knee hit.

  • Patrick Helper

    As hockey fan I believe we all have our biases, and visions. You guys seem to think that is the case. ,and I am not going to tell any readers what to believe or how to think. Any assumed bias was Defiantly not intended, but I am simply a fan of he game. Watching this happen night in and night out for going on seven months must be taking it’s toll on me. Just to further my point I have also written that Crosby and a lot of other players have deserved suspensions for their acts. Thanks you all for you comments.

  • Stephanie

    Patrick, I hope you have another gif because I do not see Cooke flying ( as you put it) in the hit. He actually didn’t even completely extend his arms out. I would love to see respect among the players too, but that is only going to happen when the league is consistent in doling out punishment. Example: How is it possible that someone like Dustin Brown has never been suspended or Lucic’s completely intentional (not part of a play) spearing of a player gets only $5k fine? Making scapegoats out of Cooke or Kaleta is not going to end anything.

  • Jeffrey Rapp

    Players will stop and take that hit in order to draw the penalty. They know the guys behind him that’s why you see them step out of the way to avoid it when they are digging the puck off the boards. Cook’s the guy everyone hates unless he’s on your team.