Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 2/15/13
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About once or twice every year, NHL fans emphatically agree on one or two pressing issues. One of those issues is that it’s time to kick Matt Cooke out of the NHL once and for all. Cooke’s recent antics with the Senators are just one of many on his disgusting resume. From blind-side elbows to leg checks to cowardly hits from behind, the Penguins’ winger has done it all, and then some. It didn’t all start with Marc Savard and it won’t end with Erik Karlsson. For those reasons and more, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk recently decided to take a stand. “[Cooke] should be kicked … He doesn’t belong in the league. He belongs somewhere where the goons play,” an emotional Melnyk told The Ottawa Sun. “Get him in the Central league. He can be a $60,000-a-year guy playing pick-up hockey there. “The guy does not deserve … He’s got one purpose. I remember when this happened with [Jason] Spezza. I said, ‘If these are the rules, I just want to know.’ We’ll play with the same rules. Make sure you have one or two goons whose job is to do this either intentionally or unintentionally.” Check out a video gallery of some of Cooke’s most disgraceful acts on the ice below. Matt Cooke’s Years of Dirty Hits Include Leg Checks, Blind-Side Elbows, Kicking »
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