Jim Souhan: Cooke signing could burn GM, boil the fans' tempers

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 8, 2013 - 10:46 AM

Matt Cooke is a cheap-shot artist and bringing him to the Wild smacks of desperation by Chuck Fletcher.

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bakkenshaleJul. 7, 1310:01 PM

Matt Cooke is a great 3rd line addition and is better than Clutterbuck. It's not for much money and has no indication of panic. Chill out Souhan.

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chicagowildJul. 7, 1310:46 PM

If Souhan actually looked at each move they make sense. Cooke makes the same amount as what Clutterbuck would have commanded in his new deal, but is a more effective player. PMB was never coming back and Cullen was a long shot (Jim you are aware that there is a salary cap, right? And it's going down this year?). And Seto has shown to be the same streaky player he was with SJ; without Cullen he looked lost. Hackett? Kuemper has bypassed him year as the "goalie of the future." Improvement of the blue line this year goes unmentioned. Instead Souhan makes claims like CF confuses "activity for accomplishment" but does not at all show how or why that is. CF has rebuilt the prospect base, planned and pulled off Parise/Suter signings, has improved the blue line and has set up the Wild to be in a position to add Vanek next summer. This long-range planning and flexibility is something that Risebrough clearly did not possess.

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marcus100254Jul. 7, 1310:53 PM

Jim, I wouldn't look at Cookie as a goon in the classic definition of hockey terminology. Sure, he has his history, and he has earned the wrath he receives outside of the Pittsburgh area. However, as an intense observer of all things NHL, I believe he has made an earnest effort to play a different style post suspension due to the hit on St. Paul homeboy Ryan McDonagh in 2011. As opposed to the George Parros and Georges Laroques of the hockey world, Cooke can participate on offense, is a strong penalty killer, and from what I can tell, outside of his past where his suspensions disrupted his teams seasons, he has worked hard at just playing the game and not retaliating when pushed, choosing to skate away. He is on the tailend of his career, but I think he can and will contribute to the Wild. I disagree with the basic tone of your article. He is not here, nor was he brought here to perform like Ogie Oglethorpe. He is a hard-nosed forward, and his teammates will appreciate him...

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wadepetJul. 7, 1311:03 PM

Souhan again confirming that deep down Minnesotans simply prefer to have "nice guys" around- huge detriment to winning

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april24Jul. 7, 1311:45 PM

I'm conflicted on the Cooke signing. Maybe he has changed and will add value. Then again, I have no doubt that he intentionally sliced Erik Karlsson's leg last year. Also, I'll never be able to get the vision of him blindsiding Marc Savard and ending his career out of my mind.

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russterusJul. 8, 1312:52 AM

If anyone had the idea that signing Suter and Parise made Minnesota instant Stanley Cup contenders, they were just delusional. In 2011-2012, the Wild were one of the worst teams in the league. After the start of the new year, they were definitely the worst. Adding those players brought the Wild up to the level of contending for a lower playoff spot, but not much more. The upcoming season isn't going to see the Wild become a major contender yet. This team is still very much rebuilding for the future, which should come the season after next. Adding some new FA talent to go with the young players who should be considerably better by the start of the 2014-2015 season will be the culmination of a rebuilding program. While there are certainly a lot of Wild fans who expected and expect instant contender status, that was and is totally unrealistic. I think Fletcher's moves make a lot of sense with that in mind, and I support the job he is doing. The light is there at the end of the tunnel, finally, and I think he is building a team that will have a nice run of success.

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LoveMyVikesJul. 8, 13 1:34 AM

Souhan, you were the one who said that the Wild didn't come out as winners in the Brent Burns trade that acquired Setoguchi. And now you're complaining that the Wild traded him. He was never consistent and the Wild were never going to sign him to an extension. As for Clutterbuck, he was only known for hitting, nothing else. Cullen and Bouchard were never going to come back because of the cap space. People really need to understand just how badly Riseborough messed up the organization and Fletcher is making strides towards building a franchise that will compete year in and year out. Who knows, maybe next year Vanek is that missing piece, but with a tight cap this year, Fletcher has to be creative and I think he's doing that.

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sawmanJul. 8, 13 4:52 AM

"A Mossy Cade on skates"....good one, Jim!

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sportsnut686Jul. 8, 13 6:25 AM

Time for the kids to step up and see if they can play or not. I'm not holding my breath on getting Vanek. That may be a long shot.

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angusyoungJul. 8, 13 6:50 AM

People need to lighten up. Everyone deserves a chance to show they have changed. Yes his past proceeds him but Cookie can play. The fans in Pittsburg love him and as far as I'm concerned if he's good enough for the fans in Pittsburg he's good enough for me. This team-This Franchise this City needs a few player's who play on the edge once in a while. We have enough Church ladies in town..

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