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.

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

Coyotes hire Craig Cunningham as scout

The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season. 

Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate. 

Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode. 

Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break. 

"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."

Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Morning Skate: Overreacting to the Oilers' window

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while really enjoying what the CW does season in and season out with the Flash.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Don Brennan says that the Senators fans not showing up for Game 6 is their way of sticking it to Sens owner Eugene Melnyk.

*The talk is turning to the next captain of the Buffalo Sabres, and what they can do to help open up communication up and down the roster.  

*A guy that wore a Habs toque on his twitter avatar writes a glowing, praise-filled article about the performance of PK Subban during these Stanley Cup playoffs. He’s undoubtedly been good, but he just might have been wearing his Montreal Canadiens footie pajamas when he wrote this one, and rattling his fist at Habs management all the while.

*Interesting piece by Jason Gregor about the “window to win” for the Edmonton Oilers, and an odd notion that the window will close when Connor McDavid has moved out of his entry level contract. I’d say that’s kind of ludicrous.

*The Colorado Avalanche coaching staff has been let go after last year’s dreadful season, and that’s too bad for a really good guy in former Providence College head coach Tim Army. I’m sure he won’t be out of work long.

*Colin White made his Stanley Cup playoff and NHL debut for the Ottawa Senators in Game 6, and helped push Ottawa to a Game 7. It will be interesting to watch the Massachusetts native and former Boston College standout develop with the Senators as White was one of the players that the Bruins skipped over to instead draft Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft. The others, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny and Kyle Connor, are all either in the NHL or knocking on the door as well, and it’s going to be a challenging road for both of Boston’s forward prospects to live up the justification of the B’s drafting them first. Granted DeBrusk and Senyshyn are also both doing their thing for the P-Bruins as they push into the conference finals of the Calder Cup playoffs, and they’re both bright prospects in their own right. It’s going to take years to determine the rights and wrongs of that first round, but White getting into the lineup for the Senators is proof of just how high that organization is on him.

*Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan says that Sidney Crosby handled the targeted abuse well from the Senators in a Game 6 loss that will push to a Game 7 between the Penguins and the Senators.

*For something completely different: A great message from Brookline homey and former Sox GM wonder boy Theo Epstein in his commencement address to Yale University.