Another NHL villain escapes

Posted By: Rick Moffat · 2/14/2013 5:43:00 AM

The infamous Matt Cooke has struck again, this time without so much as a penalty call.

The Pittsburgh Penguin considered the dirtiest player in the NHL gets a skate up on the back of the ankle of Senators star Erik Karlsson who will be out indefinitely.

Should Cooke be suspended?   The NHL says no.  Not even a fine.  Not even a disciplinary hearing.

You be the judge: 

http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=3&id=201705&navid=nhl:topheads

Cooke, hated by Habs fans for run at Saku Koivu and Andrei Markov among others, could not have deliberately hoped to slice the achilles tendon of Karlsson, who could be out 4-6 months, but there have simply been too many incidents involving too many victims.

If an inadvertent high-stick drawing blood is a penalty, why not this avoidable kick?

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  1. Coof posted on 02/14/2013 09:03 AM
    First of all, Matt Cooke is not the dirtiest player in the world, that honour goes to Milan Lucic.

    Secondly, I have a difficult time believing somebody would do purposely try to tear someone's achilles tendon, especially the way it happened. There are far easier ways to injure a player than body checking someone into the boards and while that person is still leaning forward, taking your skate and stepping down just close enough to the back of the other player's leg. Seconldly, there was no garantee that a move like that would have even hurt Karlsson because Karlsson may have been wearing kevlar socks.

    Please stop trying to sensationalize and villanize people when they don't deserve it. Let the news stand for itself. It is not a consensus that Cooke is the dirtiest player in the game.
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