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As per Bob McKenzie of TSN, the controversial Penguin will not be suspended after his hearing with the NHL's Colin Campbell today.

McKenzie said,"If this hit happens next season it is a suspension. And if it's a repeat offender like Cooke, the suspension will be stiffer again."

He also added that it was a matter of consistency for the league, which did not suspend Mike Richards for his hit on Florida's David Booth earlier this season.

As I said last night, I'm guessing the Penguins rematch Boston on March 18 will make for interesting television, especially now that Cooke will be in the lineup and not serving the suspension.

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Unknown said...

We'll have an extra forward, assuming that everyone is healthy for that game. Disco should just sit Cooke and lie through his teeth that it was simply Cooke's turn to sit for a game

jmarinara said...

I agree with this decision. I don't think the hit was intentionally dirty.

BurressWithButterflywings said...

will we be hearing this call before the 3/18 game?

"Oh this young man has had a very trying rookie season, with the litigation, the notoriety, his subsequent deportation to Canada and that country's refusal to accept him, well, I guess that's more than most 21-year-olds can handle... Ogie Ogilthorpe!"

JeremyT said...

I wish they would have suspended him for a few. Then maybe we can all laugh while listening to Flyers and Caps fans somehow explain how Bettman and NBC rigs everything in the Pens' favor. You have to admit, it would be REALLY satisfying to beat them (yawn....AGAIN) and then, during the inevitable excuse-filled explanation, point out that Bettman came down on us while letting others slide for the same bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Fans and writers here in Boston are calling for retaliation to Sid or Geno. (Our best for their best)
Listen to Shawn Thorton:
Other quips:
"Big, Baby Bruins"
"Go, Black and Yellow"