Matt Cooke gets 10 games plus first playoff round; forfeits $219G


Nick Kypreos of Sportnet, ex-player, tweets that the NHL suspended Matt Cooke for the rest of the regular season (10 games) plus the first round of the playoffs for his cheap-shot elbow to Rangers rookie Ryan McDonagh Sunday in Pittsburgh.

UPDATE: That has now been comfirmed! (The official announcement from the NHL is below).

The NHL had no choice, really. This was a crossroads decision. With all the blabbering all week long following the GM meetings, all season long with regards to a rule (albeit one, until now, without teeth) about headshots … with Cooke’s teammate and captain Sid The Skid Crosby out with a concussion … with Mario Lemieux’s public, hypocritical whining … and with all the damage that Cooke has managed to this season and last …

Well, Cooke just put this decision right up there on a platter for NHL HQ.

In my opinion, Cooke’s recent body (and head) of work — ending Marc Savard’s career, going after Alex Ovechkin’s knee, Artem Anisimov’s head, Chris Drury, Fedor Tyutin (his most recent suspension, last month) — is worse, far worse, than Dale Hunter’s single moment of brainlessness, the cheap shot on Pierre Turgeon in the 1993 playoffs that earned a 21-game ban from Gary Bettman. How does Cooke, repeat offender, intent-to-injure specialist, not get at least that? I guess you could argue that potentially seven playoff games and 10 season games is greater than 21 regular-season games (though players don’t lose pay if suspended for playoff games).

Because the league had become wimpy, wimpy, wimpy on this issue. It was waiting for its next Todd Bertuzzi/Marty McSorley moment. It was encouraging the Trevor “Village People” Gillies of the world to get their revenge. It kept allowing Cooke to wreck seasons and careers after sitting in the classroom corner for a quick timeout.

This was time to put the whole sport on notice, and the NHL didn’t whiff, this time. Good job.

By going after McDonagh’s head, when he had every opportunity to deliver a clean hit, or a borderline late hit and clearly chose the elbow-to-head shot, Cooke was laughing at the NHL’s justice system and the game’s very public attempts to remove such flagrant cheapshots. By, time after time, taking shots aimed at inflicting injury, Cooke has quite clearly shown that such actions are not only predatory and repetitious, but also premeditated.

Check out this video clip.


Here is the official announcement from the NHL:


TORONTO (March 21, 2011) — Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season (10 games) and the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for delivering an elbow to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in NHL game #1080 yesterday, the National Hockey League announced today. Cooke will forfeit $219,512.20 in salary.

“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.  “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.”

Cooke’s most recent suspension was for four games on Feb. 9, 2011 and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 4:36 of the third period and Cooke was assessed a major penalty for elbowing and a game misconduct.

Cooke will miss Pittsburgh’s remaining 10 regular-season games and be ineligible for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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  1. So, this gives the Rangers plenty of time to think about how to punish him on the ice next season?because this is not something that should be forgetten?

    He needs to pay to the price?on the ice?

  2. this is the punishment I posted about 12 PM today on the site.

    regular means jack, 1st round of playoffs also is fair.

    good job nhl for a change….

  3. but where’s the mandated anger management classes????

    oh yeah, words are more harfum in the nhl but not vicious elbows.

  4. glad that they gave him more than 10.
    of course
    we’re all still waiting for mario’s letter on the situation
    or if he’ll show that he’s against these type of shots
    by doing something else as well — strip him of A, further suspension, contract buyout….

    won’t hold my breath for a nanosecond.

  5. Thanks, Doodie. Horrible news about Manny. Sounds like traumatic retinal detachment. Depending on the surface area affected, it could mean end of career and long term issues. I hope not. Classy young man.

  6. Does anyone know if the CBA permits a team to take supplementary disciplinary action against a player (say Pitt suspending him but not waiving him)?

  7. Very well said, Carp.
    It sounds about right. I predicted rest of the season and playoffs, but I’m OK with first round. Not ready to applaud to NHL yet until they show it on consistent terms. This time, they didn’t have a choice.

  8. good job NHL! Finally you got something right

    Hopefully Pissbourgh won’t get to advance to the second round of playoffs

    on a positive note, Whiny Mario gets to save $219,512.20 in salary! Maybe he can pay for Cindy’s treatment with that money

  9. Carp – if the Rangers faced the Pens in the first round they would have a chance at retribution AND suspending him for the rest of the playoffs via “Street [ice] Justice.”

  10. gregm_section403 on

    Let’s see if Mario puts his money where his whiney mouth is. Time for the Penguins to cut ties with Cooke and take the cap hit by buying him out, or bury him in the AHL for the remainder of his contract. Anything less, and we’ll see Mario’s true colors.

  11. It is bad, CTB. The reason I suspect it was that because they performed the surgery immediately as opposed to waiting until the swelling went down.

  12. Czechthemout!!! on

    Good move by the league but I too am waiting for the anger management classes that they made Avery take. Particularly after watching that YouTube clip that Carp linked.

    What a piece of garbage Cooke is!

  13. The Mao Zedongs announce the sending of Tiki the Troublemaker to their affiliate team on the island of dr. Mureau joining minor league journeyman, but major league wanker, Olga. Together they are expected work on their behavior in hopes of returning to the big team.

  14. I am more interested in what Mr Hypocrite is going to say. Mary-o probably will say nothing public, or will mouth the company line that Shero and Bylsma have altready taken, which is that if Cooke is costing them games like he did yesterday, then they don’t support him.

  15. If the Pens should advance past the first round, I hope they keep Cooke out of the lineup regardless.

  16. what can Mario say? He won’t speak out against this decision…

    Everything else said by him we already heard…

  17. Real_ESPNLeBrun profile

    Real_ESPNLeBrun Kudos for Shero/Penguins for their reaction to suspension. Refreshing.


    Now every reporter will be giving props to Shero and Pissbourgh management for taking the suspension the right way…AS IF THEY CAN REACT TO THIS ANY DIFFERENTLY!!

    Don’t give them props… condemn them for not taming Cooke on time.


  18. NYR fan in WV on

    “You know that Slats signing Cooke is inevitable. He loves signing guys that try to kill Rangers.”

    When I saw the hit, I turned to my wife and said, “he’s gonna be a Ranger next season.” I hope not!!!

  19. Pens GM Shero’s Comment – Just Released: per KuklasKorner

    “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. Head shots must be dealt with severely, and the Pittsburgh Penguins support the NHL in sending this very strong message.”

  20. Carp, this is why you’re one of the best in the biz:
    “By going after McDonagh’s head, when he had every opportunity to deliver a clean hit, or a borderline late hit and clearly chose the elbow-to-head shot, Cooke was laughing at the NHL’s justice system and the game’s very public attempts to remove such flagrant cheapshots. By, time after time, taking shots aimed at inflicting injury, Cooke has quite clearly shown that such actions are not only predatory and repetitious, but also premeditated.”

    As for the league announcement: “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.”

    hello! may he should have been treated harshly before the umpteeenth player got taken out.
    Whoever gets the Pens in the first round, beat their beaks!!!!!

  21. Re: Evan: “We’ve told Matt in no uncertain terms that this kind of action on the ice is unacceptable and cannot happen.”

    yeah, uh huh……that sure beats the carcillo out of the p.r. crap I’ve been writing all day. brilliant (and why I am not suited for this job)

  22. added to Campbell’s statement should be “and he did it on a national NBC game. It’s not like the game was on Versus.”

  23. goose cooked on

    rather than ride shotgun for your stars, guys like Cooke actually make them more a target because teams will want to extract vengeance for Cook’s dirty hits, not only on him, but more so on his star teammates. and that has certainly happened. thus, the Pens have realized now,way too late, and way too hypocritical for way too long, that Cooke’s antics were hurting them in several ways, including putting their star players at risk. so they put out a statement that was expected and where they had painted themselves by their owner’s yapping.

  24. 10+ games, $219k in lost wages, and an hour in a dark alley with Evander Kane would have been better.

  25. Doodie Machetto on

    What really pisses me off about this is that tonight’s game on Vs. will be unwatchable because it will literally be 2.5 hours of Cooke.

  26. Agree, mama…I was going to offer a few used Casey’s belly bands…But I figured they are too precious to cover Cooke’s face.

  27. well done by the NHL and nice job by the Penguins in their attempt to save face…

  28. 4generations 4 cups on

    I really have Manny Malhotra in my heart. I watched the guy get drafted as a really young kid (him and Myself) and I NEVER would want to see ANYBODY (including matt cooke!) go down from a horrific eye injury such as this. I really hope he can get back to playing within the next year(s).

    On a side note, screw Cooke and he is a piece of carcillo who deserved the book. Penguins will have a LOT of trouble on the PK without him.

  29. Fehr is the same guy that spent all those years defending the steroid cheats like Ortiz, Manny, Mueller, Nixon, Schilling, Millar.

    Fair punishment for Cooke, IMO.

  30. Boom Boom – Because despite being prone to violence and having no respect for the game of hockey, Mr. Cooke is still a human being and not a criminal of the worst kind. IMO

  31. Boom, thought the same thing!
    Dubii, right on!
    DKJ, don’t even say that! much less type it!
    ilb, LMAO!!! hey you can recycle the belly bands….
    oleo, you’re joking right?

    ugh…I need to do more work, but that’s what tomorrow is for, as per Scarlett.

  32. According to the NHL suspension (apart from anything additional the team may assess) is Cooke banned from practice and attending (in the press box) Pittsburgh home games? I assume he won’t travel with the team.

  33. First! SAFE IS DEATH! on

    Further punishment should be dealt out in the event that the player on the receiving end of the hit sustains an injury that exceeds suspension.

    FU matt Cooke.

  34. On the Pens NHL page they have a preview for tonight’s game vs the Wings, guess which Pens player is featured on it???

  35. Yeah, Manny was a good Ranger, benched and humilated publicly by Idiote Grande – Muckler, but with better perspective IMO, than Ruchinsky or Lyashenko, Rangers got from Dallas in 2002 trade for him and another kid. It is very sad what hapened to him. There is concern about “possibly permanent vision” damage from his brother-in-law–Steve Nash. I don’t know, what kind of operation he underwent the very night it happened, but hope it is not an orbital blowout fracture (a broken bone under the eyeball), a ruptured globe (broken eyeball) or detached retina (the part of the eye that is sensitive to light and helps you see). I just wish to this tough kid all the best.

  36. Alex T (idfalk on HS) on

    Absolutely spot on, Carp. Could not agree more.

    In fact, a lot of past “severe” suspensions seem kind of harsh in comparison. I’m actually not reacting emotionally on this, as everybody knew that this would in fact give at least the rest of the season, what is more interesting is to compare this to Hunter, Chris Simon, Avery et al. I mean, you could argue that when isolating the Simon/Hollweg incident it is in fact “worse”, but then you look at Cookes track record and you just go; wow. This guy has some serious issues. I mean, something is wrong with him, psychologically. And I donät mean it as a joke, it’s sad, really.

    And then you look at the Pittsburgh team that, say what you want, plays with a lot of heart and has some talent, and you think; wow. They must really hate him. I mean how could you not? The whole organization has turned into a laughing-stock like none other, now that the Isles is starting to resemble a hockey team.

    The only way Lemieux/Bylsma can establish some sort of credibillity after this debacle is to scratch Cooke after the suspension and buy him out this summer. That would be putting your money where your mouth is.

    And no. Cooke will not be a Ranger, on account of his hockey abillities if nothing else. He does’nt fit in more ways than one.

  37. the clock is ticking on mario and his wonderful new letter to the nhl

    yeah, technically he’s a human being with cells and blood running through his veins
    etc etc etc
    on the other hand he is as i’ve described him a human puke
    who flagrantly aims to cause the end to people’s careers and
    put a major dent in their non-hockey lives.
    listed at least a half dozen instances of what cooke=human puke
    has done
    and an easy google search will find lots more chronicled.

  38. Cooke will play for the pens, or someone else. just look at the criminal Bertuzzi, who now plays in Det and is treated by them as if he is a great man and player and role model. pathetic. so don’t anybody try to hand us that crap that Det does not use goons. they have the worst one of all.

  39. billybleedsblue on

    It’s reported that in response to the Cooke suspension, Mario Lemieux is asking the league to look back to the Rangers/Penguins game on December 15th 2010 saying that, “We have isolated the incident responsible for Sidney Crosby’s concussion. This incident should be dealt with immediately by the league before it’s allowed to happen again.”

    The incident in question occurred during the 2nd period when Rangers’ forward Brandon Prust apparently momentarily glanced at Penguins star center Sidney Crosby.

    Lemieux added, “Clearly, this type of play should be dealt with in a swift and severe manner that is consistent with the NHL’s rules on head-shots.”


  40. Alex T (idfalk on HS) on

    Interesting pre-game presser by Bylsma on the Penguins site. Very uncomfortable. Obviously he is saying everything a coach have to, but you can almost tell that he feels cornered by Lemieux. Cooke is Le grand Douche obviously, but jeez, what an idiot Mario has been. He needs to step up right away. I mean is this one idiot worth pissing away your legacy for? Time to walk the walk Mr. Lemieux.

  41. Mario said he needs to change his game or he wont be welcomed back on the penguins. I really don’t see what else he should say. He acknowledged Cooke is a dirty player and he’s forcing him to stop…

  42. billybleedsblue

    yeah, that sounds about right.

    surprised that the pens didn’t put something in there about cindy.
    don’t play the drinking game of downing a shot each time the
    versus guys mention cindy when discussing concussions tonight or
    you’re not going to make it to your bed.

  43. Alex,
    “A” – post. Kudos. Guy is real psychotic in medical terms. Watching numerous video of his “heroics”, came to the same conclusion – he is always calculated before and cold after, very predatory looking for a prey’s vulnerable position and BTW, totally lost in any real hits, fights and tough situations of opposition, not created by him. Not for an excuse, but for comparison – Simon was absolutely mad (what lawyers call temporary insanity) in Hollwege case.

  44. Saw Shero’s comments (not like he really had a choice of saying anything else), but I really want to hear from Whineyo Lemieux. Put your money where your mouth is.

  45. I actually think Cooke, if he can just pull it back to borderline stuff, is a very valuable player. And I think Sather — who likes second-chance guys — might give him a shot of he was available and cheap. He has that jam, is a much better player than, for example, Avery … just sayin.’

    I forgot to mention Pettitte and the other steroid cheaters. Did I say A-Rod and Clemens? Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Randy Velarde, David Justice, Chuck Knoblauch, GlenAllen Hill, Jason Grimsley, Mike Stanton, Rondell White, Jose Canseco. Hope I’m not leaving anybody out.

    I am just sick over this news about Manny Malhotra. Can’t even tell you.

  46. Also, to their credit, the Penguins addressed their displeasure with the way Cooke plays immediately after the game Sunday, Bylsma front and center, and Mario reportedly in a meeting with the piece of cooke later on.

  47. i wish that piece of cooke had played in that game on the Island, and had met up with Village People Gillies.

  48. Suppose I throw out a name on the table, and see if any of you hear a bell ring from some years back ( not too many)……some of the older folks will know what I’m saying……

    Hilliard Graves

  49. yeah, but it took them losing Crosby to come to the “oh, stop those head shots” stance. More like they were dragged kicking and screaming by reality to the party after their boy hospitalized numerous players for years with their full backing and tsk tsk public phoniness.

  50. Carp,
    you’re very cruel, insulting Avery fanatic lovers with your comparison…
    As for Manny…I kind of liked him very much and believed in his future, which now is really under big question…Couldn’t find more medical details about his condition. The worst case scenario, of course, would be enucleation or evisceration (surgical removal of the entire eye or the contents of the eye), but I don’t want to even think about it . So sad.

  51. All, I admit to being out of the loop today, with work and all, but Carp, really….and I always agree with you cause I love and admire you. But:
    “Also, to their credit, the Penguins addressed their displeasure with the way Cooke plays immediately after the game Sunday.”

    P.R carcillo, IMHO. Too little too late.

  52. I just had at 3pm what I thought was a productive 1 hour visit with my doctor which included ignoring those who attempt to irritate me and NYers that lack loyalty and class. I thought I could put his words to action.

    So, my only response is AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. C3, not funny. I thought you agreed, and that comment out of context, or not, is just awful.

  54. pens could have addressed it by not signing cooke to 3 year deal
    or not giving him the “A”
    making a statement earlier in the year after his hits on
    Artie or Ovi
    mario not making that HIGHLY hypocritical statement
    when his guy was hurt accidentally.

    the pens had NO choice yesterday. it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too obvious
    and on national tv and after so much talk before and after gm meetings
    about head shots.

    don’t care that mario “met” with cooke
    probably just to chew him out for making him look bad.
    where’s his statement about this? where’s his suspension of cooke=human puke
    or saying that he’s going to terminate the contract over the summer
    in order to show that he backs up what he says.
    oh yeah,
    he’s an owner in the same way he was a player.
    lack of class.

  55. onecupin71yearsandcounting on

    Now what will the punishment be when Cindy gets decked by a CLEAN HARD hit and and does his Bruno SanMartino WWF I’ve been shot dance.

  56. I hope that this suspension is enough to get the attention of other players who fall into the ‘Predator’ category.

    However I have a problem with the NHL’s official announcement on this ruling. They state “Mr. Cooke, a repeat offender, directly and unnecessarily targeted the head of an opponent who was in an unsuspecting and vulnerable position.”

    So the victim has to be unsuspecting and in a vulnerable position in order for an asshat to be guilty of violating the ‘No Head’ rule? Sounds like the league is trying to make the victim a culpable part of the crime. So if you’re standing up straight, not bent over looking down at the ice, and someone hits you in the head the perpetrator isn’t at fault? Also, is there ever a circumstance when it’s ‘necessary’ to hit someone in the head? The language in their announcement is disturbing.

  57. I would have liked to see an additional five matches at the start of next season to make sure the long summer didn’t wipe his memory of the incident.

  58. I agree, jpg, especially with that last line.

    Yeah, nobody better ever put a fingertip on Sid the Skid now.

  59. Carp

    if i’m not mistaken Tibbetts was arrested for statutory rape at a party when he was 17 (The girl was 15). If that is the case I wouldn’t call him a rapist since thats not even a crime in NJ or NY…

  60. I absolutely agree with everyone who said that Pittsburgh should have addressed the problem earlier, and now I’m going to have to listen to the garbage of how great the organization is for keeping its word and doing what was practically required of it at this point.


  61. Besides that rape (he pleaded guilty), Billy Tibbets couldn’t stay for more than a few weeks in any league after he left NHL. He was suspended for on ice antics, including head shots etc., in every imaginable league he played, including Europe. The guy is a sociopath.

  62. In 1994 Tibbetts pled guilty to raping a 15 year old girl in 1992, when he was 17 years old.[24] His sentence was suspended for 3.5 years. However, in 1995 Tibbetts was convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and witness intimidation.[25][26] As a result, he served 39 months in prison.[27]

    In addition, Tibbetts was also arrested in August 2007 for leading police on a high-speed car chase, not long after having led police on a different high speed chase earlier in 2007.[28][29]


  63. yeah Carp

    i probably have more of a major problem with the pens
    and better knowledge of the crap that’s gone on
    over the years due to my location

    before the center ice and nhl had a contract
    i was stuck scouting around various locales to watch Ranger games on
    satellite tv
    or stuck watching pens games only.

    still scarred from those days!
    one good thing that did come out of it
    i became friends with Tom Reed (and several other Rangers locals) who used to live
    around here and now covers the bluejackets for the Dispatch

  64. OK C3, but didn’t we all, and I mean ALL, agree to stop this carcillo? Yeesh. Again, context. What if someone has just read that comment as a new poster?

  65. yes Carp

    while i wish mario a long and healthy life (free from cancer)
    when he came back (and even before he went out for treatment)
    i watched as team after team kept at least a stick length distance from
    him and NEVER touched him.
    that changed during the playoffs, especially against the isles or
    others who would shadow him or push around and get him off his game
    that’s NEVER happened with ANY other player coming back from
    a serious situation, whether it be Koivu’s cancer scare or Savard’s concussion,
    just to name a few.

    that is just one example…….gonna stop now.

  66. oleo, that story makes it sound a little tame.

    This from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story:

    “Tibbetts was 17 at the time, living with his affluent family in Massachusetts. The girl got drunk at a party and passed out. She was taken behind a warehouse and sexually assaulted.

    Tibbetts was charged with three counts of statutory rape — the victim was alleged to have been raped three different ways — and pleaded guilty to one count. The judge gave him a suspended sentence. Sixteen months later, he shot someone with a BB gun and wound up doing 39 months behind bars.”

  67. eddie eddie eddie on

    remember when girardi looked at bing crosby, and gave a slight push?…hank went over and said something…dubi gave him a nice talking to…..what a baby….i mentioned on the previous blog that the perfect league penalty was 5 hrs in a locked room with evander kane….

  68. C3, comment at 7:21…

    and you know what all, I can’t hartnelling take this all rape-related talk. Call me a sensitive girl if you want, but mama can take a lot….except this carcillo. Fug

  69. I’m done, Mama. In fact, I’m leaving the computer for a while …

    eddie, I don’t think Kane would need anything close to five hours.

  70. On NHL On the Fly Craig Button just said that Cindy Crosby AND his sister have concussions!

    It’s not bad enough that everything comes back to Cindy, but now we have to hear about his sister too.

  71. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    mad skills by El Sid… I don’t think any of us relish CIndy being hurt. In fact, we want him on the Penguins, so our Rangers can beat them with their full team. We are not Bostonians, willing to win by an means necessary. We are New Yorkers. We do everything classier. While those idiots from Boston drink stale 4 day old beer, we drink Champagne from the finest grapes that the great nation of France has to offer. SO STFU that NYers aren’t loyal…we just busy doing other more classy things, and not at the bowling alley stuffing our faces with french fries with our Tom Brady jerseys and Boston Celtics wristbands.

  72. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    Anyone that enjoys seeing a player/players get hurt or injured is a moron. Unless it is Cooke or Ruutu.

  73. eddie eddie eddie on

    ilbzo – might be better to go with the college style cage mask/helmut…it would stop the fighting too…..but then stick work might increase…

  74. eddie eddie eddie on

    i bet cindy crosby’s sister’s mustache is more filled in and better grown…

  75. eddie eddie eddie on

    that’s a natural hattie…and an empty netter to boot….slewfoot style….

  76. Ooops, stil had “zo” from yesterday. Detroit looks like the Fishsticks and Howard looks like Matt Zaba at the moment.

  77. Hmmmmm….speaking of pieces of carcillo…remember good old Mario LaPeux pal, Kevin Stevens? He made his career out of being a hard nosed, dirty player…

    Jeez, his whole life is pretty much one big clutterbuck! I’m sorry that he ever donned the NYR blue. Guys like him would never last in today’s NHL.

    Hey, isn’t it a coincidence that Steven’s deteriorating play in the mid-late 90s had nothing to with Mario Lemieux’s growing absence due to injuries and illness? (cough…sarcasm…cough)

    What a piece of carcillo…

    “…Suspended by NHL for one game during 1992-93 season (automatic suspension) for receiving his third game misconduct of season during Pittsburgh’s March 9, 1993, game vs. Boston.”


    “Stevens made national headlines for all the wrong reasons in the 1999-00 season when he was arrested in a suburban St. Louis motel room, where police found him in possession of crack cocaine and $3,000 cash, as well as in the company of a prostitute named Pamela Velia. The arrest took place in the early morning hours of Jan. 23, 2000, following the N.Y. Rangers’ Jan. 22, 2000, game at St. Louis.”

    Need I say more?

  78. I dont feel bad for Malhotra. He never succeeded with us. Now, if Kovalev got hurt, Id feel bad, he helped us win a Cup.

  79. eddie eddie eddie on

    tiki – manny was a good egg…always nice to fans….be a nice person…its the right thing to do

  80. Noah-rury-aal-(if the Devils make the playoffs)-Noah, 28 on

    I feel badly for any player that nearly goes blind…whether he was a successful Ranger or not.

  81. eddie eddie eddie on

    nyr_fan….she was not so babealicious either from what i remember….my brutha…

  82. eddie eddie eddie on

    how about our own Don Murdoch, who i met at charlie O’s the night of the playoff in 80, when duguay scored his hattie, he got 40 games for having 1 gram of the tootski…

  83. eddie eddie eddie on

    another hat trick….i need to move up and play with gabby’s line…seems like i CAN score at will…

  84. eddie eddie eddie on

    eddie eddie eddie shoots and scores AGAIN…he cannot be stopped, you can only hope to contain eddie and his line mates – eddie and edddie

  85. ilb,

    Detroit is without Datsyuk, Franzen, and Hudler. I wouldn’t be surprised if they got themselves back in the game though.

  86. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – that “triple d” in my previous eddie post for you, my brutha :)

  87. eddie eddie eddie on

    ricardo – my sincerest thanks for allowing me to post for you….btw, what are YOUR thoghts regarding MZA?…am i wacky here?…he seems to spin around a lot to me…every game every shift…

  88. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    Oh man, NYR_FAN! I’ll take the new girl picked to be wonder woman, however! NOM NOM NOM!

  89. Just watched the replay on Manny Malhotra and it is upsetting-reminds me of Walt Tkaczuk’s eye injury that ended his career. Both were hit by a deflected puck. Let’s pray that there is no permanent damage and that one of hockey’s really good guys gets back on the ice!!

  90. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    Orr, if its wonder woman than maybe the pants will go invisible revealing an amazonian princess that only Ranger fans will enjoy!

  91. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    the old sauce vs gravy EYE-Talian debate, eh???!

  92. LOL! I made some red sauce myself last night that will be feasting on shortly…along with veal parmigiana…buon appetito

    Gravy is brown. You put it on turkey.

  93. ilb,

    If Detroit scores on this PP, you never know. They are the masters of late-game tying goals.

  94. Mario coplaining on a long distance call to Jags….-“All this rough stuff started when that Graves guy tapped me on the hand…four games then wasn’t enough”. ” Now my boy Cookie….I call him Cookie because he brings me cookies from his lovely wife…he gets 10 games plus for an eensy weensy elbow on a rookie no less…” Come on where is the justice after 17 years”? “I think that Colie guy is getting back at me for that ruffian Graves pre-mediated attack on my padless gloved hand”

  95. Please excuse the inaccuracies from Mario….he is very upset and the facts have become blurred as well as his spelling…..

  96. It would really be a shame if Detroit loses this game now. No Datsyuk and Hudler for the shootout..

  97. You what’s rich? Every Pens player interviewed last night said they “didn’t see the play” when asked about the elbow to McMonster’s head by Cooke.

    Yeah, and I’m dating Wonder Woman…

  98. Doodie Machetto on

    Detroit must be pissed it couldn’t pick up the extra point after all that effort to battle back, but they should be more upset that they only played 25 minutes and weren’t anywhere to be found in the first 40.

    I suppose it doesn’t matter much to them. They basically have the #2 spot in the West all but locked up.

  99. I don’t understand why Babcock wouldn’t send out Zetterberg. Did I miss him getting hurt or something?

  100. You’re right, Orr. I don’t expect the Pens players to respond and pull an EC on Cooke. Maybe “no comment” would have been a better response than denying they saw it…

    EC should just keep his mouth shut and play hockey. He’s much better at hockey than talking about himself or others…He’s such a dork…

  101. Doodie Machetto on

    Maybe Pittsburgh was busy watching the play and so they missed the blindside hit that was behind it.

  102. Stranger Nation on

    Late to the game on the mess here but got to believe if game was on Tuesday night on MSG+ than we are looking at 5 games max.

    Must watch clip is Dustin Brown head on hit against Cooke. A (legal) strong crushing hit which rocked Cooke.

    Manny was drafted too high for skill set but was a solid 3rd liner. Horrible news about his eye.

    Talked about winning 4 of 5 before Isles with Pens game the potential Loss. Getting greedy thinking of 5 straight now!

    Healthy line-up looks pretty good and we definitely missed Feds (and Eminger).

  103. What a disgrace Pissburgh is…just felt like saying that…

    I rip on EC because of how streaky he is, but I like the guy…he’s a damn good player when he wants to be…he’s been one of our best of late. (except the last game)

    Love that clip of Brown taking out Cooke, Stranger…LOL! You can hear Aves taunting Cooke in the background…Bwaha!

  104. Wicky (trying to go as fast as ILB on this thing) on

    What word did I keep using last thread? I’m confused!

  105. Carp: Great column/blog whatever the hell it’s called today. You bring the premediated point home with a sledge hammer – very well done!!!

  106. Haha! That’s a great vid too, Matt L. I don’t usually agree with Don Cherry but he is awesome in that video…

  107. Stranger Nation on

    That “someone” should be Colin Campbell but Fehr will protect him. He is going after people’s livelihood with the knee and head shots.

    No honor amongst thieves in the burg. Cindy going down is more than ironic.

  108. Orr, did you read fran’s suggestion from earlier today? We need a “sacrificial lamb” from the minors to come up and cheap shot him. He suggested that the Rangers possibly call up a scrub AHL goon (someone like Soryal?) the next time they play the Pens with Cooke in the lineup with the sole purpose of trying to injure Cooke! It has to be someone who can take one for the team and be suspended for the good of the NYR. It would restore lost honor!

    Eye for an eye! That is apparently the only way he’ll learn!! How many times can you suspend a guy? I hate him too!

  109. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    KNICKS LOSE!! BWHAHAHAAAHAA!! keep watching em, little buddy!!!

  110. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Could be some upsets this playoff season in the East…. Filthy, craps, dirtyburgh, and Boston could be 1 and done if the stars/planets align right.

  111. Eddie Eddie Eddie on

    Kevin weeks, on NHL – on the fly, just said in essence – Cooke too scared to actually fight his own battles… Others have fight his battles for him…. Basically called him a girlie-man, albeit a dirty one at that…

  112. Mao Zedongs, A Minor League Hockey Extravaganza on

    i know that is you, tiki…rofl…stop playing…you need to work to get back to the big game!! Come on, bro!! Don’t want you in the minor leagues forever..;)

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