Archive for the ‘Suspensions’ Category


The NHL announced Monday that Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for ten games (the rest of the season) and the first round of the playoffs for elbowing New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh in the face on Sunday. Cooke only recently returned from a previous suspension in February for another headshot.

Because Cooke is a repeat offender, he will forfeit $219,512.20 in salary which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. His updated suspension history is as follows:

Date                           Infraction                  suspended

March 2, 2011            Elbowing                         17
Feb. 11, 2011            Hit from behind                 4
Nov. 29, 2009            Check to head                  2
Jan. 27, 2009             Hit to head                       2
Feb. 21, 2004            Spearing                           2

Many wonder why the reckless forward would blatantly hit a player knowing that everyone around the league is watching him especially because at the General Managers Meeting last week, both Penguins GM Ray Shero and owner Mario Lemieux demanded that players be held accountable and given harsher punishment for headshots. Of course, their complaints were as a result of losing team captain Sidney Crosby to a concussion. Now the Penguins have to accept the punishment which they demanded. Let’s see how they move forward from here.

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In a shocking move, the NHL suspended forward Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins for a blindside hit to Fedor Tyutin of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The League made the announcement on Wednesday following Tuesday night’s game. It’s no surprise that Cooke is the leading “headhunter” in the league. However, what is surprising is that after years of dirty hits, he finally received a suspension.

In the 4-1 Penguins loss on Tuesday, Cooke was handed a five-minute major for charging Tyutin and sending the Blue Jackets’ defenseman face-first into the glass. Cooke also received a five-minute major for fighting, as did Columbus centerman Derick Brassard, who took exception to Cooke’s hit. Tyutin appeared shaken but otherwise well enough to remain in the game.

“It was the worst hit I’ve ever had from behind,” Tyutin told the Columbus Dispatch. “I wasn’t surprised, not when you see [Cooke] in the highlights all the time for dirty hits.”

As veteran NHLers Bill Clement and Jeremy Roenick have recently stated to the media, Matt Cooke has no respect or regard for the safety of other players. He’s a serial predator and the foremost one in the league. Emboldened by his lack of punishment from the league, Cooke does whatever he pleases with, until now, no repercussions and no consequences. Therefore, leave it to the smug forward to blame his victim.

The Penguins contend that Tyutin looked over his shoulder before playing the puck behind his net. They see nothing wrong with the hit and put the blame on Tyutin rather than on Cooke.

“It used to be you were responsible for yourself if you turned, but that’s not the way anymore,” Cooke said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That call’s been called on us four or five times this year. It’s the same thing.

“He turns and looks and sees me coming. The other defenseman is slowing me down, so I’m not skating full speed,” he continued.

Although Cooke was suspended the four games for hitting Tyutin, he was involved in another dangerous hit earlier in the week. Playing to a loss against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, Feb. 6, Cooke made knee-on-knee contact with Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin. Cooke was only given a two-minute penalty for what appeared to be intentional tripping. Both Ovechkin and teammate Nicklas Backstrom retaliated for Cooke’s hit by punching him, but neither received a penalty.

As expected, Penguin’s coach Dan Bylsma also defended Cooke Sunday for the hit on Ovechkin, but Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau was unforgiving.

“It’s Matt Cooke. Need we say more?” Boudreau said Sunday. “It’s not like it’s his first rodeo. He’s done it to everybody, and then he goes to the ref and says ‘What did I do?’ He knows what he did. There’s no doubt in my mind. He’s good at it.”

After years of the NHL’s turning a blind eye to Cooke’s blatant lack of sportsmanship and continued intent to injure opponents, what took the league so long to finally do something about him? Two words: Sidney Crosby. With the “Face of the League” and leading crybaby out indefinitely with a concussion, there’s no one on the Penguin’s roster to shield Cooke from his overdue punishment. Let’s face it, the only reason Cooke is still in the league is because he’s Crosby’s personal goon. If Cooke were playing for any team other than the Penguins, he would have been drubbed out of the league long ago.

The sad thing is that when Crosby returns to the Penguins’ lineup, Cooke will once again get a free pass. He’ll go unnoticed and unpunished by the league until, as Bill Clement said on NHL Power Play last week, one day Cooke kills somebody.

– CeeCee

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The NHL announced on Friday that Daniel Paille of the Boston Bruins has been suspended four games for a hit to Dallas Stars forward Raymond Sawada. As Sawada entered the Bruins’ zone during the second period of Thursday night’s game, Paille advanced on him and delivered a lateral hit to the head.

Paille received a five-minute penalty and a game misconduct, which carries an automatic one-game suspension. However, the severity of the injury and a player’s prior suspensions are also taken into consideration. If a player is considered a “repeat offender,” additional games can be added to the suspension. Paille must also forfeit $23,118.28 in salary for the infraction.

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