Cooke has seven goals, nine assists on the season. Per his scouting report, Cooke "can easily get opponents off their game," is "a fairly quick skater [who] defends his own end effectively and is an oustanding penalty-killer," but "despite his dedication, he doesn't have the size or skill to be a major scorer," "can ill-afford to take any shifts off," and "is somewhat injury-prone."
For all of his defensive responsibility, however, Cooke had Vancouver's fourth-worst plus/minus at minus-four before being traded.
Like Fedorov and Huet, Cooke is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
What They're Saying:
"Cooke is a gritty winger whose bang and crash style made him popular with Canucks fans, but with younger and affordable Canucks now stepping up and filling that role he wasn’t expected to be re-signed by Vancouver." - Spector
"The Capitals are determined to make the playoffs. Cooke is an agitator in the mold of Sean Avery or Jarkko Ruutu. He should bring an edge to Washington's game. - Empty Netters
Love it! Cooke is a baller.
My reaction to today's trades:
Wow. Just, wow.
From what I have found, Cooke will be an UFA at the end of the season.
Cooke is a good hitter too. He should be a decent agitator for us as well as a defensive forward.
So, essentially, they traded Pettinger for an older version of himself. Um, why?
tg - prediction, Brashear gets to sit more. Matt Cooke has scored a few this year, just under the league average. Laing takes 3rd line LW, Cooke 4th.
Cooke's stats - 61 GP (7-9) 16 pts, -4, 64 PIM
Pettinger's stats - 56 GP (2-5) 7 pts, -11, 25 PIM
If you don't think that's an upgrade, there's not much else that can be done to convince you.
I guess it's an upgrade. I'm just remembering all those short handed goals Pettinger scored. But I guess maybe this was done more to give him a new start than for what the Caps got in return.
TG: shorties last year, but that season's over. *shrug* And so is Petty's tenure as a Cap.
Giroux is back with the Caps. Most likely back with Hershey actually. Traded for Motzko.
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