Matt Cooke RUMORS & NEWS

  • Cooke seeks Derek Boogaard’s parents’ blessing to wear late son’s number

    Pro Hockey Talk "34-year-old forward Matt Cooke recently signed with the Minnesota Wild and that act alone has created controversy. Amid that, he did an interview with KFAN and among the subjects that came up was the sensitive issue of what number he would wear. Throughout his career, he has been No. 24, which..." July 09

  • Cooke's return to Penguins looking unlikely

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "It's not official yet and can't be for another day, at least. But the evidence is accumulating that Matt Cooke won't be with the Penguins in 2013-14. Cooke, a blue-collar winger, is on the cusp of unrestricted free agency, and will be eligible to sign with any team Friday. General manager Ray..." July 04

  • Report: Matt Cooke Not Expected to Face Further Discipline for Hit

    NESN "Some were expecting Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke to receive a call from the league following another controversial play, this time in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final. Cooke, who has a checkered past with plenty of supplemental discipline, was at the center of attention again..." June 02

  • Penguins' Cooke ejected after hit on McQuaid "The Matt Cooke storyline in the Eastern Conference Final got amplified in Game 1 on Saturday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward was ejected from what turned into a 3-0 Boston Bruins victory early in the second period following his hit on defenseman Adam McQuaid into the boards from..." June 02

  • Another series, another gripe against Cooke

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "For the second series in a row, Penguins winger Matt Cooke will be cast as a villain by opposing fans. In the second round against Ottawa, it was because Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson was hurt on a play involving Cooke in February. In the Eastern Conference final against Boston, which..." May 31

  • Tough, smart Cooke gets Penguins on move

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins left winger Matt Cooke made a conscious effort two years ago to change his game, to pare it down from mean and nasty to tough and smart. It has been a success, with his penalty minutes dropping and his NHL suspensions for blatantly illegal plays falling to, well, none. But he might..." May 25

  • Senators owner Melnyk still investigating whether Cooke intentionally hurt Karlsson

    Ottawa Sun "Eugene Melnyk hasn't closed the book on the Erik Karlsson investigation. Speaking on Sportsnet radio The Fan 590 in Toronto Tuesday night, Melnyk told the station he shouldn't have used the word "forensic," but his experts are still working to find out if Pittsburgh's Matt Cooke skate slash on..." May 08

  • Penguins’ Cooke leans on family, Pittsburgh in rough week

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Penguins left wing Matt Cooke sat by his locker Thursday afternoon, looked up and smiled. For the first time in a week, Cooke was all alone. It must have been quite a relief. Consider what Cooke has endured during the past week: • After delivering a hip check to Boston defenseman Andy..." April 26

  • Injured Karlsson criticizes Cooke

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson doesn't think Penguins left winger Matt Cooke intentionally sliced mostly through his Achilles tendon with his skate blade -- "I refuse to believe that anyone would do that," Karlsson said -- but he made it clear Friday that he blames Cooke. Karlsson, injured in..." February 23

  • Erik Karlsson: Matt Cooke 'knows exactly what he's doing

    Ottawa Sun "Erik Karlsson hobbled into a room in the bowels of Scotiabank Place on crutches Friday, and served notice to Pittsburgh Penguins' predator Matt Cooke he has no intentions of forgiving and forgetting. While the Senators' all-star defenceman doesn't believe Cooke meant to intentionally sever his..." February 23

  • Cooke escapes rap, due to rep

    New York Post "If You ask me, Matt Cooke’s lengthy rap sheet actually saved him from being suspended for the play in Pittsburgh on Wednesday against the Senators, when his left skate blade sliced through Erik Karlsson’s Achilles tendon on an attempted stick-and-pin gone terribly wrong. For the NHL Department..." February 17

  • Cooke responds to Melnyk accusations

    Ottawa Citizen "A day after Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk called Matt Cooke “a goon” who should be booted from the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins winger continued to strike a conciliatory tone. As Cooke was running Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson into the boards during Wednesday night’s game in..." February 16

  • Ottawa owner slams Pens’ Cooke

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The complaints about Penguins left winger Matt Cooke rose another rung up the Ottawa Senators' ladder, as well as to another decibel level. In an interview with the Ottawa Sun, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk bitterly complained about Cooke's collision Wednesday with Erik Karlsson, the Senators'..." February 16

  • Sens' Melnyk Outraged, Says Cooke Doesn't Belong In NHL "Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is pulling no punches when discussing his anger about the incident that cost his team Norris Trophy-winning defenceman Erik Karlsson for the remainder of the season. Melnyk spoke to TSN on Friday regarding the injury that happened when the skate blade of..." February 15