Morning Skate 29: Lots of hate for Matt Cooke

Morning Skate 29: Lots of hate for Matt Cooke

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Perhaps its the French-speaking media that converges on the TD Garden, or perhaps its the fact that Montreal and Boston is the best rivalry in the NHL.But theres a certain energy and jump in Boston when Les Habitants come to the Hub, and its even doubly so when the Canadiens have taken all three meetings between the two squads thus far this season.The last loss was an overtime defeat at the hands of Montreal in which the Habs overcame a 2-0 deficit with three minutes to go in the game before finally winning it in overtime. The game ended with Zdeno Chara and Hal Gill getting into it after Max Pacioretty shoved Chara after scoring the OT goal for Montreal, and its clear there are hard feelings spilling over tonight.It doesnt matter who were playing, I think were a better team when were emotionally engaged and physical, said Shawn Thornton. This is more about having a little bit of a bur and a little bit of an edge, and having everybody be physical. Not just some guys. When were like that were really good, and weve been good lately. Its a big rivalry. Its one of the biggest ones in sports, and I like that. I like that people are hatin on both sides of it. At least I hope so. I hope there are guys over in Montreal room that cant stand me. Thats the way it should be.With the hate brewing in Boston, here are the links: A well-done piece by the Vancouver Sun that compares Ray Emerys comeback in the NHL to the unsuccessful attempts by Bo Jackson to return to the NFL after the same hip surgery. An interesting look from Stu Hackel at the future of the NHL with the TV rights up for negotiation after this season. I have my fingers crossed that NBC and Comcast are big players in this, but have no inside info to share. Adam Proteau was again looking out for the victim Matt Cooke last night on his Twitter account, and this time compared him to a pit bull terrier bred for violence. Please. Reports out of Canada say that Proteau is rocking and curled up in the fetal position after hearing his "victim" was suspended four games for his evil hit from behind against the Columbus Blue Jackets. An interesting piece written by a Canucks blogger who loved Matt Cooke before he joined the dark side with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jeremy Roenick calls Matt Cooke chicken-bleep for his flying hit from behind on Fedor Tyutin and says that Cooke deserves a 20-game suspension. Apparently the Montreal media contingent ran rampant with a story about Hal Gill swearing at P.K. Subban for leaving his jersey on the floor of the dressing room. Arpon Basu clears the whole thing up. A good, comprehensive look by Pro Hockey Talk at Matt Cooke and why he should have the supplemental discipline book thrown at him by Colin Campbell after his latest round of dastardly acts on the ice. Are they waiting for him to kill somebody?

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.