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Discipline of Steel
03-21-2011, 07:09 PM
I am posting this hockey news only because I think the NHL has it right here...even if it is a Penguin suffering the consequences. The NFL version just FEELS so wrong.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2 ... k2%7C51073 (http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2011-03-21/penguins-cooke-suspended-through-first-round-of-playoffs?icid=maing%7Cmain5%7Cdl4%7Csec3_lnk2%7C51 073)

Penguins' Cooke suspended through first round of playoffs


The NHL came down hard on repeat offender Matt Cooke. The league has suspended the Penguins forward the remainder of the regular season as well as the first round of the playoffs for his elbow to the head of New York's Ryan McDonagh on Sunday. The Penguins have ten games remaining in the regular season.

"Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position," said NHL Senior Executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement. "This isn't the first time this season that we have had to address dangerous behavior on the ice by Mr. Cooke, and his conduct requires an appropriately harsh response."

Matt Cooke will miss Pittsburgh’s remaining 10 regular-season games and be ineligible for the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. (AP Photo) After being criticized for the lack of teeth in recent suspensions, especially since the general manager meetings last week, the NHL sent a stiff message with the suspension of Cooke. And Cooke's own GM is on board.

“The suspension is warranted because that’s exactly the kind of hit we’re trying to get out of the game. Head shots have no place in hockey. We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen," Penguins GM Ray Shero said in a statement released by the team. "Head shots must be dealt with severely, and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”

On Monday morning, before the Penguins' game against the Detroit Red Wings, one of Cooke's teammates was already prepared for life without the third-line winger and top penalty-killer.

"We're definitely going to miss him," Penguins center Jordan Staal told Sporting News. "It's unfortunate the way that happened. We're going to have to find a way to battle through that."

Cooke will also forfeit $219,512.20 in salary for the hit.

hawaiiansteel
03-21-2011, 09:22 PM
Matt Cooke is a thug, isn't this like the fourth time that Cooke has been suspended by the NHL?

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
03-22-2011, 11:46 AM
The Cooke suspension is being considered light in many hockey circles. Well, not light as much as it is not sending the stern message that many thought that the NHL was in position to.

-Cooke is a multiple offender including already being suspended this season.

-Mario came out a couple of weeks ago and slammed the NHL for their handling of head shots due to the fact that his best player - and the league's marquee player - has not played in almost three months.

- NHL GMs just held a meeting last week and the highest item on the agenda was concussions.

- The hit itself was egregious in that Cooke specifically raised his elbow away from the direction his body was moving in order to make contact with the head. In football comparison it would be somewhat like Merriweather changing direction of his body at the last moment in order to launch at Heap.

Many believe that the true message delivered should have been suspension for the remainder of the season regardless of how far the Pens go in the playoffs. That would have been a stern response to a targeted head shot. For those that have seen the Heatley shot last week, I think that it should have warranted a much stiffer penalty as well.

RuthlessBurgher
03-22-2011, 12:20 PM
You have to take intent into account as much as possible. While it is not always clear, in this case, you could tell that Cooke was headhunting (as mentioned, similar to how Brandon Meriwether was headhunting...the one truly egregious hit that week among the 4-5 everyone was complaining about). For contrast, the Chara hit on Pacioretty was much more violent and damaging, but the hit itself was an incidental...a one-in-a-million circumstance based on where they were on the ice at that particular moment...it was not an intent to injure, even though the result was a serious injury.

Djfan
03-22-2011, 12:22 PM
The thug looses over $200k for a few weeks missed work? I'm getting tired of their incomes.

That few weeks is over five years salary for this teacher.

NJ-STEELER
03-22-2011, 12:34 PM
The Cooke suspension is being considered light in many hockey circles. Well, not light as much as it is not sending the stern message that many thought that the NHL was in position to.

-Cooke is a multiple offender including already being suspended this season.

-Mario came out a couple of weeks ago and slammed the NHL for their handling of head shots due to the fact that his best player - and the league's marquee player - has not played in almost three months.

- NHL GMs just held a meeting last week and the highest item on the agenda was concussions.

- The hit itself was egregious in that Cooke specifically raised his elbow away from the direction his body was moving in order to make contact with the head. In football comparison it would be somewhat like Merriweather changing direction of his body at the last moment in order to launch at Heap.

Many believe that the true message delivered should have been suspension for the remainder of the season regardless of how far the Pens go in the playoffs. That would have been a stern response to a targeted head shot. For those that have seen the Heatley shot last week, I think that it should have warranted a much stiffer penalty as well.

if they league is finally serious about concussions and head shots, then you cant only give heatly 2 games for his elbow.

his was just as vicious and not even a part of the play. that elbow or anything like it should be an automatic 5 games at the minimum regardless of player history

feltdizz
03-22-2011, 02:26 PM
The thug looses over $200k for a few weeks missed work? I'm getting tired of their incomes.

That few weeks is over five years salary for this teacher.

get on the ice.... :?

Teachers don't make nearly enough but hey.. all you guys do is teach the future and dodge bullets all day. :wink: