I think the point of his statement was a contract of this size isn't going to be the thing that stops a team from doing what it wants. it isn't an albatross. Nystrom was here, didn't work out. I liked him, but it didn't work out. Cooke hasn't had the chance to not work out yet.
also someone is going to point out that cooke is a much better player than Nystrom.
Nystrom was no where as proven as Cooke, you're more than smart enough to know this. dont ***** to *****
that wasn't my point. Someone brought up the word "albatross" and it applies to neither player. People just like using it in place of "bad contract" (which it would be if Cooke ends up as productive as Nystrom). At the end of the day the Cooke contract isn't important enough to blacken the name of a GM.
I was never down on the Cooke signing from the beginning. But I've never been higher on it until now.
I can understand the knee jerk vitriol that was spewed-forth earlier in this thread, however. Matt Cooke's history with the Wild wasn't the greatest, same goes for his overall history in the League.
Based on his recent play with Pittsburgh, I was convinced that we wouldn't see the Matt Cooke of old come back as he knows his career is on the line. But I never thought he will come in and add such a vital piece to the make-up of this team.
Very ingenious moves over the summer by Fletcher to move out Seto and Clutterbuck and bring in Nino and Cooke.