Now that Matt Cooke has become practically saintly, Andy Sutton of the Edmonton Oilers has worked hard to fill the void for the NHL's multiple-suspended, reckless hitter who confronts his wrongdoings by saying 'don't hate the playah, hate the game.'
Sutton has missed 13 games this season thanks to the Shanahammer: Five for a headshot on Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and eight for another hit to the head on Alexei Ponikarovsky of the Carolina Hurricanes.
The total financial hit for these indiscretions? That would be $264,749. Oh, and 49 cents.
After his first suspension, Sutton released a petulant statement through the Oilers, saying that "for 14 years, I've always played the game with respect and integrity and I will continue to do so when I return." He also told the Edmonton Journal:
"I've had very few infractions over a long career (two previous suspensions) and I'll continue to play my style. I'll be more mindful of the new rules," said Sutton. "I have to play close...