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Matt Cooke is a certifiable goon, at least according to the owner of the Penguins forward’s latest victim.
There are many who have taken the odd stance of defending the noted cheap-shot artist, but Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is not happy with Cooke, and he’s apparently not happy with the league’s disciplinary system.
Speaking a day after finding out Erik Karlsson would miss the rest of the season with a severed Achilles that was delivered by Cooke’s skate, Melnyk ripped into Cooke and the fact that he’s still employed in the NHL.
“To have him taken out by a goon is unconscionable,” Melnyk told TSN. “Whether it was accidental, or whether it was reckless, or whether it was intentional, to me it doesn’t matter.
“It’s something that never should have happened. This player should never be playing in this league. It’s a league for elite players.”
Melnyk’s points to Cooke’s record, and says that by now, Cooke should have been kicked out of the league. That obviously isn’t the case,
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Today, the discussion on twitter and around the hockey blogsphere is the hit that Matt Cooke put on Erik Karlsson. You can see the hit on the embedded video posted above.
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