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Should NHL have punished Matt Cooke?

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06:15 PM ET 02.15 | Pittsburgh Penguin forward Matt Cooke has a long history of dirty plays in the NHL. Whether it's the hits that have seemingly ended the career of Marc Savard or the "simple" elbow to the head of an opponent along the boards, Cooke has been viewed as one of, if not, the dirtiest players in the NHL. He's been hit with suspension after suspension by the league with countless warnings to change his ways. And after making people believe he cleaned up his act, Cooke did something on Wednesday night during his team's game against the Ottawa Senators that proves he is still the same dirty player he always was. With 18 seconds left in the second period, Karlsson and Cooke went into the boards to play the puck. As he went to pin Karlsson against the boards, Cooke, unnecessarily, lifted his left leg and came down on the leg of Karlsson. The act ended up cutting the 2012 Norris Trophy winner's Achilles Tendon, costing him the rest of the 2013 season. While some people will say that it was just a hockey play that the injury occurred on, and it wasn't Cooke's fault, what do you think?

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February 15, 2013  08:53 PM ET

YES!!!! How many times do we have to say it???

February 15, 2013  10:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

YES!!!! How many times do we have to say it???

No!!!! Obviously not nearly enough???

Nothing wrong here....

February 15, 2013  10:28 PM ET

Suspension for an accident?

February 15, 2013  10:31 PM ET

Kate Upton should be punished for being funny looking.

February 15, 2013  10:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Kate Upton should be punished for being funny looking.

Both of her.

February 15, 2013  11:35 PM ET

I may have a few years behind me, but there's an old adage that you keep your skates on the ice any way you can. Sharp skates can do a lot of damage. If the play showed that Cooke could not have avoided the skate incident, then OK, but players have the responsibility to understand that their skates are a weapon. I didn't see the play so it's hard to comment. My hockey coach would have fired a puck into my head if he saw a careless skate blade incident!!

February 15, 2013  11:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Both of her.

Boobalicious!

February 16, 2013  12:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Kate Upton should be punished for being funny looking.

Now look...

I'll not have you tampering with my fantasy, sir.

February 16, 2013  01:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Nothing wrong here....

Really? I've seen the play a few times and if it was a player other than Cooke I'd probably agree it was an accident. But this is Matt Cooke, one of the dirtiest players ever! Why is his skate up so high like that, it looks strange, definitely not a typical hockey "move". I'm not saying he's 100% guilty but he's so cheap I wouldn't put it past him.

February 16, 2013  01:35 AM ET

this Sens incident looks innocent enough.....but....the fact that he has been warned/suspended several times begs the question, what the heck is wrong with the NHL ?
or any "company" that just warns and warns and warns and never closes the door on bad behavior.....their warnings and suspensions are obviously a joke.

February 16, 2013  07:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Kate Upton should be punished for being funny looking.

I'll be more than happy to administer a nice firm spanking to her.

Then kiss it better...

February 16, 2013  09:31 AM ET

Matt Cooke's history, certainly makes it easy to find him guilty on an attempt to injure Karlsson. Using a skate to deliberatly cut someone.....I hate to think anyone would do that. Any future transgressions from Cooke should be dealt with very severely.

February 16, 2013  09:43 AM ET



You be the judge....

February 16, 2013  09:46 AM ET



??????

February 16, 2013  09:47 AM ET



!!!!!!!!

February 16, 2013  09:49 AM ET

The other day we were discussing Evander being a little beotch. He gets a free pass for this...

February 16, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The other day we were discussing Evander being a little beotch. He gets a free pass for this...

Caught Cookie right on the button didn't he?

February 16, 2013  10:00 AM ET

Another question might be, why wasn't Karlsson using Kevlar socks.

Personally I didn't like the way Cooke raised his leg going into the boards, but I don't think even Cooke could imagine that he would end up cutting Karlsson's Achilles.

February 16, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

The other day we were discussing Evander being a little beotch. He gets a free pass for this...

There was no need for cooke to lift his skate up, as the announcers at the lousy Wings game, said last night. But this vid he bit off more than he could chew:)

 
February 16, 2013  10:30 AM ET

10:30 am EST. Where's our O'Reilly thread?

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