Idoit40fans wrote: Rugbymuffin wrote:
taz71 wrote:Kudos to Matt Cooke on his new contract and best wishes to him at Minnesota
Cookie monster played his role well here in Pittsburgh. Well always remember him well for his part on the "Best 3rd line in hockey"
Appreciate the player, but think it worked out best for both parties this offseason.
Good luck to him.
Cooke moving on did not work out well for the Pens. He has not and likely will not be replaced. They'll lose him on the defensive side of the puck, hopefully Bennett's offensive contributions will help to offset that.
Not sure if you are saying Bennett is Cooke's replacement, but Bennett is one of the better forwards defensively. Very responsible and while he isn't overly physical, he is a surgeon with the stick defensively and will take the body.
Cooke will be missed though. I really was not crazy about his transformation the season before last, because I thought his hitting suffered. This past season, he found the balance between hitting and exposing himself to suspension.