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Penguins GM confronts Bruins announcer Jack Edwards

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12:04 PM ET 04.21 | During NESN's broadcast of the game Saturday afternoon, play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards criticized Pittsburgh writers' nomination of Matt Cooke, who effectively ended the career of Bruins center Marc Savard with a blindside hit several seasons ago, for the award last season, and invoked the name of an assassin while discussing Cooke. "Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan for prisoner of the year," Edwards said. "An outrageous lack of judgment on the part of the Pittsburgh press." Sirhan murdered presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Penguins general manager Ray Shero was visibly enraged when he learned of Edwards' comments and confronted him in the first intermission. Shero declined to comment on what Edwards had said, but shortly after their conversation, Edwards posted the following on Twitter: "I am sorry for insulting Matt Cooke, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the National Hockey League, and anyone else upset by my Cooke comments. I made a mistake. My fault all the way. This is my apology. Bad week, bad emotional reaction by me."

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April 21, 2013  12:14 PM ET

I'm sure Barry Trotz's brother GM Chiarelli will be holding a press conference on the subject later today...

April 21, 2013  12:31 PM ET

"Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan for prisoner of the year," Edwards said.

Well, yeah, that's going too far. I would've toned it down a little and compared Matt Cooke to Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger or Leatherface.

April 21, 2013  12:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm sure Barry Trotz's brother GM Chiarelli will be holding a press conference on the subject later today...

No doubt Mario will also have somthing to say.

April 21, 2013  12:42 PM ET
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"Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan for prisoner of the year," Edwards said.Well, yeah, that's going too far. I would've toned it down a little and compared Matt Cooke to Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger or Leatherface.

Always one to diffuse a situation, eh Roamer?

April 21, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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"Nominating Cooke for the Masterton is about the equivalent of nominating Sirhan Sirhan for prisoner of the year," Edwards said.Well, yeah, that's going too far. I would've toned it down a little and compared Matt Cooke to Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger or Leatherface.

Eugene Melnyck thinks Edwards got it right.

April 21, 2013  12:51 PM ET

Let's Go Pens!!

April 21, 2013  12:57 PM ET

Jack Edwards - former Bruins announcer...

April 21, 2013  01:00 PM ET

I have to give Jack points on not using a more contemporary analogy, rather, one with regional familial significance

April 21, 2013  01:00 PM ET
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Jack Edwards - former Bruins announcer...

He is brutal...just like listening to the White Sox announcer. You just can't!

Volume off...

April 21, 2013  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Let's Go Pens!!

Glad to see you here H...

April 21, 2013  01:01 PM ET
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I have to give Jack points on not using a more contemporary analogy, rather, one with regional familial significance

It is "out-of-the-box"... that's for sure.

April 21, 2013  01:06 PM ET

I thought I heard something like that yesterday, but since I hardly listen to announcers.....

April 21, 2013  01:07 PM ET
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He is brutal...just like listening to the White Sox announcer. You just can't!Volume off...

Emrick is my volume off guy.

April 21, 2013  01:09 PM ET
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Emrick is my volume off guy.

Errey and Staggie for me

April 21, 2013  01:17 PM ET

I personally don't think he went far enough. cooke should be out of the league.

April 21, 2013  01:41 PM ET

I can't stand Edwards, but he's right. Maybe Cooke will be nominated for the Lady Byng next? What a joke.

April 21, 2013  01:43 PM ET
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Jack Edwards - former Bruins announcer...

That would be great...but not for that reason.

April 21, 2013  02:33 PM ET

Bring back Fred Cusick! Oh, wait... :(

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