I've been impressed with Cooke's discipline and even-tempered attitude out there when the refs call him on something, etc. Boston fans and others will continue to despise him and that's fine. He actually deserves that because of the Savard situation.
The main thing is, he's conducting himself in such a way that WE can respect what he's doing and don't have to feel like our team is cutting corners in the clean play dept, by keeping him around. By him setting an example that he can clean up his act shows every other borderline player out there that they have no excuse for not changing.
Til the End of Time
03-10-2012 09:23 AM
i'm glad for cooke that he cleaned up his act and looks to have solidified his position in this league.
i'm sad because "changing" is game leaves the penguins with a less valuable player. they could use the old cooke when the playoffs start.
03-10-2012 09:31 AM
He did have a pretty healthy slash on a Panther last night when they got offsetting minors. I wouldn't be surprised to see a little more edge in the stretch run / playoffs.
03-10-2012 09:59 AM
I'm glad Cooke was able to turn himself around.
I still miss the old Matt Cooke. Not the cheapshots, but just the way he played. Not being afraid to walk that line between dirty and tenacious.
He's still an effective player, I just miss the big hits.
03-10-2012 10:42 AM
I like that Cooke gets almost exactly 30 points every season as a Pen. He has 31, 30, 30 and 27 this year so a good shot at landing right at 30 again. Fun with numbers. :)
Still can't believe that the NHL hasn't put two and two together yet. One player has been heavily disciplined in terms of suspensions for head shots and has completely eliminated that aspect from his game yet NHL continues to hand short game suspensions and doesn't see improvement. The Rene Borque lack of big suspension on his hit on Backstrom was just unreal. A guy who was suspended a couple games a few weeks before delivers an absolute egregious hit on one of the best players in the league and gets 5 effing games. That was the point where it became clear Shannahan is just as big as a joke as Campbell. I still can't believe that ruling, utterly unbelievable, what do you have to do get a serious suspension if such a blatant cheap shot by a recent offender is such a slap on the wrist.
Yeah, people will laugh because he's Cooke, but nothing says "dedication to hockey" like completely reinventing yourself as a player in order to stay in the game and on a team that is in a great situation.
03-18-2012 09:55 AM
I still think he should win the Byng, I mean he's completely remodelled his game.