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No discipline for Cooke

- February 14th, 2013

Matt Cooke won’t get the book thrown at him.
The Ottawa Senators will be without defenceman Erik Karlsson for the balance of the season, but the Pittsburgh Penguins fiesty winger won’t get any further discipline after his skate cut the Norris Trophy winner’s achillies tendon.
While VP of safety Brendan Shanahan took several looks at the replay of the incident Wednesday night in the second period of Ottawa’s 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh, it was decided Cooke won’t face a hearing.
There was no penalty on the play.
Shanahan spoke with Senators GM Bryan Murray and Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero before making a decision not to discuss a suspension with Cooke.
“It doesn’t surprise me. I looked at it 50 times. I understand where the fans are coming on it because it’s Cooke,” said former Columbus GM Doug MacLean, an analyst with Rogers Sportsnet Thursday morning. “I saw as a hit and pin play and a hit and pin play that went wrong.”
This won’t sit well with Ottawa fans. Cooke has a shady past and many believe if the incident wasn’t intentional, at the very least it was reckless and that’s why he should face some kind of discipline for what happened.
Karlsson returned to Ottawa with the Senators Wednesday after the game to have surgery here. He lacerated his achillies tendon. Two league executives told the Sun the normal recovery period is 4-to-6 months.
I don’t agree with this decision. I think Cooke should get something just because he’s Matt Cooke. Your thoughts?