Does anyone believe him? Color me cynical and forgive me if I don’t believe him. What is with the media trying to remake the image of Mat Cooke, his image is what it is… Matt Cooke is one of the dirtiest and most despised players in the NHL. Does anyone think that Matt Cooke will no longer be a head hunter on the ice looking to take out another opponent with a dirty hit? I will be the first one to applaud him if he can change.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review —- Penguins general manager Ray Shero made it clear Friday that left wing Matt Cooke will remain with the team next season.
Cooke made it clear he is a new man and will become a new player.
A week away from the team — which Cooke requested when his 17-game suspension for elbowing New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was announced — was apparently an eye-opening experience for the NHL`s reigning poster child for dirty play.
Although Cooke did not offer specifics regarding his time away from the team, he requested help of some nature.
“It`s something I did on my own,” said Cooke, who talked publicly for the first time since March 21. “After it happened, I asked Ray and ownership if I could leave for a little while. They were OK with it. Everyone has times in their lives when you need help or you need to talk to somebody. I`ve had the chance to work with some people. I spent a week specifically dealing with those things.”
Cooke, who has two years remaining on his contract, vows that his days of being suspended are over.