Category Archives: Matt Cooke

Bye-Bye Matt Cooke, Embarrassment To Hockey

Matt Cooke’s dangerous and inexcusable antics continued today with a brutal WWE-style flying elbow to the New York Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh’s head.

The officials, to their credit, immediately escorted Cooke off the ice—there was no doubt that he’d played his last shift of that game. The only question remaining is not whether the NHL will suspend Cooke for the fifth time in his thuggish career, but for how long.

Don’t believe it? Perhaps another example of a player’s reputation making things seem worse than they are? Let me allay your doubts with Prosecution Exhibit A: Continue reading

Posted in Matt Cooke, Pittsburgh Penguins | 30 Comments

Hard Hat-Wearing Brads Turns the Tide

Bradley fights against Pittsburgh. Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Hockey Heroes, Matt Bradley, Matt Cooke, National Hockey League, NHL, Old Time Hockey, Pittsburgh Penguins, Video Clips, Washington Capitals | Tagged , , , | 10 Comments

More Caps-Pens: Backstrom on Coming to Ovie’s Defense: “I Was Just Trying to Back Up My Boy There”

In addition to Andrew’s excellent game write-up of the Caps 3-0 shutout of Pittsburgh yesterday (in the first of the city’s doubleheader of  losses) , I wanted to add a few quick notes from talking to Nicklas Backstrom and Matt … Continue reading

Posted in Matt Bradley, Matt Cooke, Nicklas Backstrom | 4 Comments

We Could Use a Few Signings, Couldn’t We?

These are salad days for salaries in the NHL. Yesterday came word that the salary cap for 2008-09 would rise to $56.7 million, with a salary floor ($40.7 million) higher than the league’s cap just back three seasons ago, in … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Semin, Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich, Eric Fehr, Front Office, Matt Cooke, Mike Green, National Hockey League, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sergei Fedorov, Ted Leonsis, Washington Capitals | 35 Comments

The Capitals’ Top 10 Storylines for 2007-08

10. The Rebuild Is Over. Owner Leonsis uttered this proclamation during the preseason, later claiming that the season’s barometer for success would be qualifying for the postseason. Through the middle of November both seemed delusionally wishful thinking. But when the … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, American Hockey League, Calder Cup, Chris Clark, Development Camp, Eastern Conference, Entry Draft, Front Office, Hershey Bears, John Walton, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Matt Cooke, Media, Mike Green, National Hockey League, NHL Network, NHL Trades, Nicklas Backstrom, Philadelphia Flyers, Print, Sergei Fedorov, Ted Leonsis, TV, Verizon Center, Washington Capitals, Washington Post | 11 Comments

At Kettler the Day After

You can cross one name off your list of free agent concerns for the Capitals this offseason — Head Coach Bruce Boudreau. Speaking with reporters at Kettler-Capitals Iceplex just moments after wrapping up a season-concluding meeting with the team this … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Matt Cooke, Nicklas Backstrom, Olaf Kolzig, Tom Poti, Washington Capitals | 15 Comments

Reflections from a First-Place Locker Room

“It’s probably the best crowd I ever seen in my life.” – Alexander Ovechkin

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Matt Cooke, Sergei Fedorov, Video Clips, Washington Capitals | 9 Comments

Minimal Rest for the Surging, Now Led by an Emerging Legend

Of Alexander Ovechkin’s Friday night performance, Bruce Boudreau on Saturday morning said, “He made the strongest case you can possibly make for MVP.” He also said that the 22-year-old¬†”hasn’t reached his potential” yet. Imagine. You may have heard that just … Continue reading

Posted in Alexander Ovechkin, Brooks Laich, Chris Clark, Donald Brashear, Hershey Bears, John Erskine, Matt Cooke, Sergei Fedorov, Washington Capitals | 4 Comments

Have Bauers Will Travel: Trans-Border Labor Trials

The NHL’s borderlessness is an unassailable virtue — the long-standing reality that a single NHL roster can be comprised of five or seven differing nationalities, all united in a common competitive cause. And yet as players move in significant volume … Continue reading

Posted in Matt Cooke, NHL Trades, Sergei Fedorov, Washington Capitals | 5 Comments

The Southeast Field Thins, and Some Starting To Dream Large

Through the middle of the first week of March, we’re gaining, at long last, a firm sense of identities in the Southeast division. To state the most obvious, Tampa and Atlanta have forks in them: It’s a three-team race through … Continue reading

Posted in Buffalo Sabres, Matt Cooke, Morning cup-a-joe, Olaf Kolzig, Sergei Fedorov | 5 Comments