Originally posted on PensInitiative  |  Last updated 6/10/13

NEW YORK - JANUARY 25: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Rangers on January 25, 2010 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Penguins defeated the Rangers 4-2. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Matt Cooke, NHL public enemy number one, is an unrestricted free-agent now that the 2012-2013 season is over. Cooke has been one of the controversial figures in the entire league during his career and that has been highlighted during his duration with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite the controversy and dumb mistakes by Cooke, he has been an instrumental role player for the Pens and I think they should do whatever it takes to re-sign him.So what's next for Cooke? Cooke, 34, is heading towards the end of his career, but is still an effective checking forward in this league. Cooke was amazing in this postseason for a third-liner that gets criticized more often than not. Cooke was only on the ice for 9 total goals against during the playoffs, with just seven of those coming via even strength. That's even more impressive considering that Cooke started in the defensive zone over 70% of the time. Cooke is the ideal role player for the Pens. He's gritty, plays solid two-way hockey, and giv...
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