Matt Cooke has decided not to appeal his seven-game suspension for his knee-on-knee hit to Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie, according to Sportsnets’ Nick Kypreos.
That comes after Cooke said that he was sorry that Barrie, 22, will miss four-to-six weeks due to a MCL injury.
“It was not my intent to collide with him knee-on-knee,” Cooke insisted. “It was my intent to finish my check.”
At the same time, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety argued that Cooke further extended his knee “to ensure contact” when Barrie made an attempt to avoid the collision.
The NHL also noted that his suspension history was factored into his punishment even though Cooke is technically not a repeat offender by the standards of the new CBA.
Had Cooke decided to appeal his suspension, he still wouldn’t have been allowed to play during the process.
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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.