The worst part of the Cooke elbow, besides the stupidity of the play, is the bad situation that it puts Mario and the Penguins in. Both have spoken out against violence and head shots recently, calling for stiffer penalties and suspensions.
The bottom line is Matt Cooke made Mario and the Pens look bad with his play yesterday. We can imagine Mario was pretty upset. We'll side with Mario Lemieux through pretty much anything.
We love Cooke as a player and recognize the great value he adds to the team, but the senseless penalties and suspensions have to stop.
Cooke is scheduled for an in-person hearing with the NHL today. It's likely that a big suspension will be handed down, but you never know with the NHL.