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Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:12 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 12:48 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

Matt Cooke is probably never going to get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to any play that is even remotely close to being dirty or against the rules.

Given his history and the list of plays that make up what is basically a career lowlight film, he doesn't really deserve the benefit of the doubt at this point, either. But that doesn't change the fact that he has made a legitimate effort to clean up his game this season after numerous suspensions, including one last season that turned out to be a 17-game banishment (10 regular season games and all seven of Pittsburgh playoff games) for a hit to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

In 46 games this season Cooke has been issued just 14 penalty minutes, a total that over 430 players in the NHL have topped this season, including 12 of his own teammates. Because he's Matt Cooke, however, guilt is always going to be assumed when he's the focal point, as it was on Thursday night for an alleged slew foot incident during the Penguins' 4-1 win against the New York Rangers that put him squarely in the crosshairs on Friday

This is the play in question, via Empty Netters' Seth Rorabaugh:



You can see another angle (and get some expert commentary) by clicking here.

Cooke has done some bad things on the ice in his career, but this isn't even close to being one of them, even if the Rangers believe it was a slew foot. Richards did not participate in the Rangers' skate on Friday.

There was no penalty called on the play, and according to TSN's Darren Dreger, he won't face any discipline from the NHL.

And he shouldn't, because that's not a slew foot. At its worst it's tripping, at the very least it's two players getting their feet tangled up as they turn into each other going for the puck. Pretty common occurrence, and if it involved almost any player in the league likely wouldn't have even been a blip on the NHL's radar on Friday.

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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:38 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

So why is this a story? Because one person tweeted it? How do I get a job like yours where I can get paid for doing absolutely nothing?



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

ABSURD!

just two guys skating! 



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Matt Cooke should be drummed out of the NHL for past hits, true.

But this is not a slew-foot, under any definition.  That said, anything is possible with Brendan Shanahan's voodoo discipline determination method.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

I can't stand Cooke, but that seemed more like a lean in to get the puck, got the feet tangle, went to pull his away but ended up tripping Richards in the process.

Yeah - it probably should have been a 2 min. tripping penalty - but nothing more.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 20, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

I'm wondering why Richards missed next day's skate. Was that to somehow imply he'd been injured and add some emphasis to the accusation of slew-footing? Because from watching the replay, he gets up slowly, but immediately, and seems more intent on making sure the referee noticed "something" had happened.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:33 pm
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

Not even close to being an intentional slew-foot.  What a waste of time reading this "story".

Matt Cooke for The Lady Byng award in 2012....



Since: Apr 11, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:50 am
 

Cooke won't be disciplined for alleged slew foot

When the opposing team's commentators can only muster that it was "borderline" you know nothing much happened.

It looked as though he was slowing down too, there's been a few instances in the last few games when he could have delivered a brutal hit and let up.

For a leopard to change their spots at 33 is pretty impressive, there again he's one borderline hit from a huge suspension/career over.


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