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07:22 AM ET 07.08 | Echoes of Chris Simon? The last time a Wild general manager acquired a goon who drove his fan base to take up pitchforks and tuck away checkbooks, he might as well have put his house on the market. Chuck Fletcher's signing of Matt Cooke is not a direct equivalent to Doug Risebrough bringing in [Simon], but both moves were made for the same reason and raised the same question: Did the GM know what he was doing? ... Cooke is a cheap-shot artist. He is a dirty player. He's a better player than Simon was, and he's better than [Zenon Konopka], and he might be better than the outgoing Cal Clutterbuck, but the acquisition hints of desperation. To quell fan backlash, Cooke will have to play well.

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July 8, 2013  09:05 AM ET

If Cooke plays like he did last season for the Pens, it will be a good move. If he goes back to his old ways, I get to harp on the Wild having that thug Cooke.

July 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If Cooke plays like he did last season for the Pens, it will be a good move. If he goes back to his old ways, I get to harp on the Wild having that thug Cooke.

Welcome to the Matt Cooke Appreciation society BF.

July 8, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Welcome to the Matt Cooke Appreciation society BF.

+1

July 8, 2013  10:50 AM ET

"Did the GM know what he was doing?"

No. When a GM gets rid of a fan favorite like Cal Clutterbuck and replaces him with horse **** like Cooke? No, he doesn't.

July 8, 2013  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Welcome to the Matt Cooke Appreciation society BF.

BTW, you have to be a member of the Sean Avery Fan Club first, before you can join the MCA society. ;-)

July 8, 2013  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

BTW, you have to be a member of the Sean Avery Fan Club first, before you can join the MCA society. ;-)

I wonder if Sean was invited to Miss Pinch's wedding this weekend?

July 8, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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I wonder if Sean was invited to Miss Pinch's wedding this weekend?

saw that...mrs. Sloppy Seconds?

July 8, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If Cooke plays like he did last season for the Pens, it will be a good move. If he goes back to his old ways, I get to harp on the Wild having that thug Cooke.

He's a better player than Chris Simon, I bet he loves that comparison

July 8, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"Did the GM know what he was doing?" No. When a GM gets rid of a fan favorite like Cal Clutterbuck and replaces him with horse **** like Cooke? No, he doesn't.

Plus almost a 10 year difference, Cal being a young buck.

July 8, 2013  11:34 AM ET

So.....a wild and dirty cook is not desirable ? I beg to differ ;-)

July 8, 2013  11:43 AM ET

I'm more interested in seeing if Nino Niederreiter amounts to anything...

July 8, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So.....a wild and dirty cook is not desirable ? I beg to differ ;-)

Nicely done!

July 8, 2013  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I'm more interested in seeing if Nino Niederreiter amounts to anything...

a hundred bucks says he could not spell that last name until grade 3

July 8, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

"Did the GM know what he was doing?" No. When a GM gets rid of a fan favorite like Cal Clutterbuck and replaces him with horse **** like Cooke? No, he doesn't.

so basically what this piece is saying is that Fletcher hopes this doesn't turn into an enormous cluster.....?

July 8, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So.....a wild and dirty cook is not desirable ? I beg to differ ;-)

as do I

July 8, 2013  12:47 PM ET

I never liked Cooke when he was a Canuck.

But they should never have traded him.

Every team needs a Matt Cooke or similar.

July 8, 2013  01:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I never liked Cooke when he was a Canuck.But they should never have traded him. Every team needs a Matt Cooke or similar.

Similar type, Avery or Tootoo, but not a season-ending type of knee on knee player.

July 8, 2013  01:07 PM ET
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a hundred bucks says he could not spell that last name until grade 3

Well those Swiss guys are pretty good with money so perhaps they spel gud two...

July 8, 2013  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Well those Swiss guys are pretty good with money so perhaps they spel gud two...

purhapps

 
July 8, 2013  01:19 PM ET

Cookie will stay clean, and do well, I hope.

I was mixed about him leaving Pittsburgh, but for the most part, I felt his time was up. I am not all that upset over it.

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