IrishEyes wrote:Did anyone else listen to the Cooke interview from Wednesday's practice? He said flat-out that he doesn't play the same as Ruuts. Sounded like he didn't want to be considered as a replacement so much as someone knew.
I agree with him 100%, because he doesn't do the "clown" stuff after the whistle, etc. He is a much more "honest" player in terms of his physical play being what drive opponents nuts. Ruutu, as much as I liked him, uses his mouth and after the whistle tactics to drive opponents over the edge.
Physically, everyone will love Cooke much more than Ruutu, because he is a much more consistent hitter, has twice as much quickness from a stop and will score more than Ruutu as well.
I can see why folks would use the terminology of "replacement", but I would call him an upgrade instead.