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Sens owner thinks Matt Cooke should not be in the NHL

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03:22 PM ET 02.15 | Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thinks Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke should not be allowed to play in the NHL. In the wake of the incident that resulted in the laceration of Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson on Wednesday night, the Senators have been outspoken in their disdain for Cooke. Citing his past history, the franchise has insinuated that Cooke intentionally injured Karlsson. Originally frustrated by the NHL's decision not to suspend him, Melnyk revitalized his opinion that "goons" should not be allowed in the NHL. This isn't the first incident that has involved the Senators and Penguins; in 2010, Senators forward Jason Spezza was injured by a hit from Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.

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February 15, 2013  03:30 PM ET

Wow it sounds like they took him the hospital in the WAAAAAAAAAmbulance.

February 15, 2013  03:46 PM ET

Has that idiot even watched the play? I think Cooke is a dbag but this was NOT something he was trying to do. I've seen it from a couple different angles....there's no intent there at all. If there is this guy is a magician and we know he's not smart enough to hide it when he dirty hits someone... he's pretty much straight up goonery when he is being dirty.. I think one of these days he's going to get caught doing something stupid....but this wasn't it

February 15, 2013  03:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Has that idiot even watched the play? I think Cooke is a dbag but this was NOT something he was trying to do. I've seen it from a couple different angles....there's no intent there at all. If there is this guy is a magician and we know he's not smart enough to hide it when he dirty hits someone... he's pretty much straight up goonery when he is being dirty.. I think one of these days he's going to get caught doing something stupid....but this wasn't it

Agree.

Same play is made game in and game out by many different players. This guy is whining because the franchise player is done; and so are his playoff chances.

February 15, 2013  03:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Has that idiot even watched the play? I think Cooke is a dbag but this was NOT something he was trying to do. I've seen it from a couple different angles....there's no intent there at all. If there is this guy is a magician and we know he's not smart enough to hide it when he dirty hits someone... he's pretty much straight up goonery when he is being dirty.. I think one of these days he's going to get caught doing something stupid....but this wasn't it

I'm sorry, sir, but we are going to have to ask you to leave. This is a No Matt Cooke Support Zone and we can't allow this kind of talk in here ;)

February 15, 2013  04:09 PM ET

Guess they whine in Canada, too....

February 15, 2013  04:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm sorry, sir, but we are going to have to ask you to leave. This is a No Matt Cooke Support Zone and we can't allow this kind of talk in here ;)

A no-cook zone? I had a buddy's wife who used to say the same thing.

February 15, 2013  04:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

A no-cook zone? I had a buddy's wife who used to say the same thing.

You had your buddy's wife?

February 15, 2013  05:07 PM ET

There are Gooons and then there are players like Cooke. No need for them in this sport. Tough guys are one thing common thugs are another.

February 15, 2013  05:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I'm sorry, sir, but we are going to have to ask you to leave. This is a No Matt Cooke Support Zone and we can't allow this kind of talk in here ;)

I am NOT a Cooke supporter...wait that didn't come out right....

February 15, 2013  08:04 PM ET

Goons should not be allowed to play huh? Is he going to get rid of Neil then?

February 15, 2013  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Has that idiot even watched the play? I think Cooke is a dbag but this was NOT something he was trying to do. I've seen it from a couple different angles....there's no intent there at all. If there is this guy is a magician and we know he's not smart enough to hide it when he dirty hits someone... he's pretty much straight up goonery when he is being dirty.. I think one of these days he's going to get caught doing something stupid....but this wasn't it

Agree...

February 15, 2013  08:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

There are Gooons and then there are players like Cooke. No need for them in this sport. Tough guys are one thing common thugs are another.

yup

February 15, 2013  10:34 PM ET

typical over-reaction. Sucks to lose your top player, but it was an accident. And it's not as if I've ever supported Cooke before.

 
February 16, 2013  01:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

typical over-reaction. Sucks to lose your top player, but it was an accident. And it's not as if I've ever supported Cooke before.

agree with that....but wonder why he is still playing when he has been warned and suspended so many times.

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