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Cooke has blessing of Boogaards to wear No. 24

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07:23 AM ET 07.10 | Wild free-agent pickup Matt Cooke was asked on Tuesday about his number -- the No. 24. That number holds a special place in the hearts of many Wild fans because it was the number worn by the late Derek Boogaard. It's also the number Cooke has worn his entire nearly 1,000-game NHL career. "The team told me they're OK with me wearing it because Marty [Havlat] wore it after [Boogaard]," Cooke told me. "I don't really feel comfortable putting it on without his mum and dad's blessing. I've sent emails off to them." ... Cooke received that blessing from Joanne and Len Boogaard [Tuesday] morning and will indeed wear No. 24 with the Wild. Derek's dad, Len, forwarded Cooke???s email to siblings Krysten, Aaron and Ryan.

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July 10, 2013  07:32 AM ET

If I was Cooke .... I'd be worried. I'd be more comfortable with #13.

July 10, 2013  08:33 AM ET

Matt's always been such a sensitive and caring guy. Sniff.

July 10, 2013  08:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Matt's always been such a sensitive and caring guy. Sniff.

A thoughtful thug, if there ever was one.

July 10, 2013  08:55 AM ET

this is ridiculous....

July 10, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Matt's always been such a sensitive and caring guy. Sniff.

I'd say ... just take Dany Heatley's number. I don't think he'll object too strenuously.

July 10, 2013  09:14 AM ET

A lot of 'cutting' remarks so far.....

July 10, 2013  09:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

A lot of 'cutting' remarks so far.....

what's your ankle?

July 10, 2013  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

what's your ankle?

we all know Matt's tendon-cies by now

July 10, 2013  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

we all know Matt's tendon-cies by now

I don't know how they let a thug like Cooke play in this league. ;) He has to go a little before he can match the skate slicing of Subban, but I'm sure he'll try.

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July 10, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

what's your ankle?

I'm going to skate away from that one.

July 10, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I don't know how they let a thug like Cooke play in this league. ;) He has to go a little before he can match the skate slicing of Subban, but I'm sure he'll try.

Damn BF you're taking your new membership seriously. :-)

July 10, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I don't know how they let a thug like Cooke play in this league. ;) He has to go a little before he can match the skate slicing of Subban, but I'm sure he'll try.

now THAT would be interesting....Parros would come to his aid, as Bunny larock said....

July 10, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

we all know Matt's tendon-cies by now

Nice!

July 10, 2013  10:50 AM ET

Did they also give the ok for the trainer to give him the same scripts? Uhh...too soon?

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July 10, 2013  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I don't know how they let a thug like Cooke play in this league. ;) He has to go a little before he can match the skate slicing of Subban, but I'm sure he'll try.

one of the two was honoured as best d-man in the league, guess who?

July 10, 2013  11:00 AM ET

The fans may Regard to Boo this decision.

July 10, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

one of the two was honoured as best d-man in the league, guess who?

I disagreed with that selection. Didn't think he earned it, but no matter. It would be hard for Cooke to earn best d-man when he doesn't play defense. Which one had the NHL make a rule in mid-season because of his style of play? Huh?

Actually I really don't like either one.

 
July 10, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Damn BF you're taking your new membership seriously. :-)

All those years being on the other side. Gotta catch up on my dissing.

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