It doesn't matter if it's an accident or not, and Cooke knows it. He's been a dirty player throughout his career so the label is going to stick forever. Melnyk should be pissed, he just lost the Norris winner. NHL fans should be pissed because one of the best NHL players is injured. If it was Crosby, the NHL would have an earthquake. Cooke should be concerned, whether he is a changed man or not, he could very well be out of the NHL next year. Nobody should feel sorry for him, though, simply cause he ended too many careers. Marc Savard most notably.
I personally think Cooke should've been banned from the NHL since the Savard incident.
The hit on Savard wasn't even illegal at the time it happened:
Cooke was not given a suspension for the hit on Savard. On March 24, 2010, in response to the outcry over Cooke not being suspended, the league implemented a new rule aimed at prohibiting blindside hits to the head like the one Cooke delivered to Savard. In announcing the rule, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said, "The elimination of these types of hits should significantly reduce the number of injuries, including concussions, without adversely affecting the level of physicality in the game." Earlier, Bettman appeared on Leafs Lunch on Mojo 640 in Toronto to discuss the Cooke hit on Savard. "I was very unhappy and upset with that hit," said Bettman. "I was more upset there was nothing (in the League rules) to do to punish it."
Scott Stevens is a Hall of Famer, but using your logic, he would have been kicked out of the league before ever reaching that status.
Melnyk and Murray are both bitter over the prospect of losing their best defenseman and are lashing out, but they're making themselves look like whiners. This was an unfortunate incident, but totally accidental and the comments of Melnyk especially, are completely out of line.
Edited by RUPERTKBD, 16 February 2013 - 02:55 PM.
Orland Kurtenbach and Dennis Kearns had just been torched 8-1 by the Habs, but they still took time to come out to meet us, some fellow BC boys who were playing hockey in Montreal. THAT"S what being a Canuck is!