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[Injury] Karlsson achilles cut 70% in battle with Cooke, out 3-4 mo after surgery

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No way the league was going to suspend Cooke. The NHL does not want a black eye especially coming out of a lockout. If they suspend him then the police may get involved and charge Cooke. This would drag on for years.

It would be difficult to explain how a player could cut another player's achilles tendon in their sport.

NHL pretends its an accident and life carries on. I expect TSN and SPSN analysts to do the responsible thing and play along so their bread and butter provider does not take a hit. Otherwise CNN reports on what happened and NHL gets another black eye on par with the Bertuzzi incident.

I called it yesterday. NHL brushed it under the carpet.

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Seriously though. Does anyone here remember either of the names of the players who's skates cut Bieksa?

Everyone's running around with blades attached to their feet. Cuts are going to happen.

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The really impressive thing is how many here are buying the media spin, despite the replay.

Opinion makers opinion making at it's worst.

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Shouldn't Kevlar socks be mandatory?

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Great question.

For the life of me, I can not figure out why more guys don't wear them.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the video was Cooke knew what he was doing. Immediately after the 2nd thing that came to mind was, why is Karlsson not wearing Kevlar socks?

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Shouldn't visors be mandatory? Gloves with longer cuffs? Not having those areas protected results in injuries for players as well, but it's a personal choice that players wear equipment that protects them better or not.

I was thinking why don't they make hockey socks with the kevlar protection built in. Obviously with the stirrup style hockey socks have, the hockey sock doesn't cover as much as a regular sock as you get down lower to the foot, but I'd think that could be easily adjusted. I haven't played hockey in several years but remember a few pairs of hockey socks that were a bit lower and it didn't bother me at all.

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To me the question isn't whether Cooke intended to injure Karlsson (which i think he didn't) but rather if his play was reckless or not. Fumbling about with a knee at the back of an opponent trying to pin him and then put it down with force with no control where the blade goes. Its just asking for someone to get hurt. If this really was a standard play (as i recall TSN experts argued) then i think there would be a lot more severe injuries in this league.

If you intentionally lift your blade in close proximity to another player you better know where it goes down before you put any weight on it.

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Does any one remember the last time a player landed a high stick to another player's head. Pbbly not.

Does anyone remember when McSorley landed a stick to Brashear's head? I do

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If you honestly think Cooke did that intentionally, I don't know what to say...

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Didn't Malkin whack some guy on the head a cpl games ago, but it was determined that he was falling while doing it?

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If if was the team I wouldn't leave it up to the individual player. Losing Karlson after already losing Spezza is pretty much a guarantee that they won't make the playoffs.

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I'm not sure if the teams can individually mandate that. It would likely have to be included in the CBA like the mandatory helmet rule was put in place years ago.

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LOL at an Ottawa reporter saying Karlsson is at a Sidney Crosby level. That is extremely biased. He shouldn't of won the Norris Trophy either last year as he is such a one way player. He is good, but not that good.

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If you honestly think Cooke did that intentionally, I don't know what to say...

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If you honestly think Cooke did that intentionally, I don't know what to say...

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That sucks, I was hoping the Sens would be the other Canadian team in the playoffs. Hopefully they can rally from this but recovering from a loss like Erik seems extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Wish him a speedy recovery. The play made me cringe.

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