Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/8/13
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild fans remember Matt Cooke well from his times with the Vancouver Canucks and the clashes that used to occur between the two teams, most notably during the 2003 Western Conference semifinal.Cooke was the villain, one of the pests on Vancouver that infuriated Minnesota and its fans. He knew his job then and performed it well. So well, that Cooke's Friday signing with the Wild, on a three-year contract, wasn't received well among Minnesota fan base."I'm sure there's a lot of fans there maybe aren't fond of me and they remember when I played for Vancouver, but hopefully I can change their opinions rather quickly once I get there," Cook said during his conference call with Minnesota reporters on Friday.The Wild fans remember Cooke, even if there are no players left from the 2003 playoff team. In fact, only three Minnesota players remain from the 2007-08 roster that faced Cooke in his final season with the Canucks. But Cooke's reputation has stuck and ...
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