"You look at that hit," said Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. "it’s exactly what we’re saying has got to come out of the game. That’s the kind of hit that you don’t like to see. It was direct to the head and I’m sure [Cooke would] say the same thing."
"He’s deliberately trying to hurt someone there, no question," added Clarke MacArthur. "It’s the same guy—it’s the same name every time. Sick of seeing that guy do that.
"He’s a dangerous player for sure."
So Matt Cooke got suspended for 17 games, which I think is a completely appropriate response. Of course, if the NHL was really serious about this, they would have suspended him like this much earlier, but it's a start.
Follow me over the jump for lots more analysis our new prospect Tyler Brenner.Leafs Links:
Leafs dip into NCAA talent pool again
Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers forward Tyler Brenner agreees to two-year contract. You've probably already seen this info by now, but here's the story from the Globe and Mail.
What have the Leafs added with Brenner?
Jon S over at Puckin' Eh with some video of Brenner, as well as a few notes on our new prospect.
ProspectWatch: Tyler Brenner
Jeffler over at LeafsHQ has some video and notes as well.
The Curse of Clemmensen
The playoff race is looking gloomy, and one of the reasons for this is that infernal Scott Clemmensen.
The End of the First Round
Wouldn't it be nice if our first rounder (the Bruins') went a little higher?
Game #73 Scoring Chances: Bruins @ Maple Leafs, Mar. 19/11
More work from Slava Duris.
Michael Langlois, over at Vintage Leaf Memories, explains that there was actually a bit of a rivalry between the old North Stars and the Leafs.
Vintage Leafs: Visitor's scrapbook
Check out some of the new photos they've got up. This one's Tim Horton, but there are a bunch more.
Other Hockey Links:
Goldwater steadfast in vow to block sale of Coyotes
They really don't want the Coyotes back.
Even Penguins think Cooke's suspension ‘warranted’
I should hope so. Story from Roy MacGregor.
Bloge Salming: The NHL Peoples' Court
The latest video: ever wonder what it would be like if Don Cherry was Judge Wapner?
2-on-1s, Breakaways and Shootouts
Hawerchuk gives a little love to Slava Duris for recording the results of odd-man rushes and breakaways.
Fighting: What Cost Tradition?
Robin Brownlee weighs the pros and cons of keeping fighting in the game.
Monday’s Three Stars
More from Wyhsynski.