Found July 05, 2013 on Goon's World:
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Free Agency has started and with it comes some interesting moves. First, the Wild traded away Devon Setoguchi for a 2nd round pick, but that's a "who cares" kindof trade.  The big news? THE CHEAPEST HACK IN THE NHL IS NOW A MINNESOTA WILD! Matt Cooke, more famous for ending careers than winning games, signed a 3 year contract with the Minnesota Wild. Ok, the upside to this:  Matt Cooke is a big hitting forward that is an obvious replacement of Cal Clutterbuck.  He has been on winning teams in the past.  He can score goals on occasion.  He was nominated for the Masterton and lost to current Wild Josh Harding. The downside?  This is a player that is almost universally reviled.  I say almost because the Pens fans still defend him for the same reason, invariably, that Wild fans will inevitably defend him:  He's on your team.  Another downside?  He's one blindside Savard-esque hit from being McSorley'd.  This guy skates on thin ice everywhere he goes. He's cheap.  $833k (and change) for 3 years (3 years $2.5 million). He did have a decent year last year blocking shots but then again, someone had to because Marc Andre Sievry couldn't.  Trust me when I say it:  This was a BAD idea.  If the Wild really did want Cooke's services, they should have gone for a 1 year contract with a club option (if that's possible) for a second year.  He may have only had 36 PIM in 48 games last season, but he's still one of the most if not the most dangerous skater in the NHL and that's saying something (as a Red Wings fan who couldn't defend the Wings' signing Bertuzzi).
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