Morning Skate 429: Cooke still doesn't get it

Morning Skate 429: Cooke still doesn't get it

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comMatt Cooke continues to prove that he simply doesnt get it. The Pittsburgh hatchet man could have blamed himself for the Penguins losing a seven game first round series to the Tampa Bay Lightning when he missed the entire postseason after one too many cheap shots leveled this season. The last was a flying elbow toward the head of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonough that only WWF wrestler Tito Santana would have been proud of.But the Pittsburgh cheap shot artist proved he could move much beyond contrite or smartened up when he offered up this bon mot on the Pens breakup day Friday afternoon.Speaking about how hell approach the game moving forward with the NHL furtively watching him and perhaps the concussions hes caused weighing heavily on his mind, Cooke instead flippantly went with: "I'm not gonna put on a tutu and dance around out there"That quote was provided via twitter by Pittsburgh sports radio personality Chris Mack and the context of it isnt fully known but it does display an edgy player that still doesnt quite know where the line is on his own. Cooke only chooses to pull the tutu and dance routine when a legitimate tough guy comes looking for him to answer for his underhanded actions, but thats a different story for another day.Actions speak louder than words, obviously, and Cooke will show next season on the ice if hes truly learned something about respecting the safety of his fellow players and their brains. But his glib comments on a day his hockey season ended show that hes now exactly off to an enlightened start.On the bright: Cooke has now much more time to devote toward buying matching suits with his son and developing the next pro wrestling move he tries to pull on somebody next season.Its now golfing season for Cooke and the rest of the Penguins players.On to the links:Kirk Luedeke puts out a blog post on a hockey prospect named Mika that the Bruins might be interested in selecting. No confirmation of whether he lives on the second floor.Max Pacioretty talks about the phone call he shared with Zdeno Chara a few weeks back, and the efforts the Bs Captain went to making things right with the fallen Canadiens forward.A few thoughts from the second round NHL playoff series from SI.coms Stu Hackel.Montreal Gazette columnist Dave Stubbs gets out the keyboard and gives Bruins Nation one last thrashing before going out into that good night. He eviscerates the Heralds Stephen Harris, Jack Edwards, Andrew Ference and everything short of Blades the Bear for being sore winners.Sidney Crosby suffered a setback in his comeback from a concussion, and the worst storyline from the NHL season continues.Yahoo! Sports columnist Justin Bourne raps about good goalies getting into the kitchen of snipers during the playoffs, and then cooking bacon and eggs. Daniel Carcillo promises to agitate in the upcoming BruinsFlyers series, but also promises to toe the line against a Bs team they hold a healthy hate for.The NHL playoffs are the new March Madness with overtime wins and the hockey version of buzzer beaters, according to the Denver Post.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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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.