Matt Cooke is a saint!

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Matt Cooke is a saint!

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Someones gotta say it (other than thePensblog):

Its time to lay off Matt Cooke.

Instead of damning Cooke, the NHL should be celebrating their biggest personality outside of Sidney Crosby (currently inactive) and Alexander Ovechkin. In fact, were jumping on the Matt Cooke for Lady Byng bandwagon.

Yea, we know hes a controversial player, but arent all the finest figures in human history controversial? Abraham Lincoln. MLK Jr. Gandhi. Bluto Blurtarsky. All are controversial in their own right. All are heroes.

And Cookes no different. Hes a champion of the people off the ice! He gets tailored suits for his son.

Collects antiques!

Seriously? Can you really call a guy who goes antiquing a garbage player? Of course not! Dumpster diving would mean soiling all those sweet cashmere sweaters.

Cooke also gives back to the common person. Hes a modern day Robin Hood or Zorro, donating to the peons of America and other things millionaire athletes typically do not only because its the right thing to do, but also because of the sweet tax write-offs!

He also wears an 'A' on his jersey, and it has nothing to do with his nickname among non-Penguin fans. Remember: You dont wear that 'A' on your jersey if youre a jerkface. The 'A' is a sign of respect. A sign of integrity. A sign that possibly half your team is on the IR, so theres no one else to wear it.

In short, Matt Cooke is a saint. The guys just doing what he needs to do to keep a job. And in these tough economic times, who can blame him!? From the National Post:

Ive always said that, you know, what I am on the ice is a persona that has enabled me to stay in the league for 13 years, Cooke said. Its not who I am, and its not what makes me. Its just something I have to do to stay in the NHL.

Preach it, brotha! Haters gonna hate. Dont let them keep you down.

Lets not forget that Matt Cooke is the victim here. Its impossible to control such a killer instinct when its been fused into your DNA.

So lets not suspend Cooke for the very rule that he helped create. Lets commend him.

We hear the British have a fun way of celebrating such infamous characters.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.