Several weeks ago the Hockey News had a cover story on NHL free agents and Matt Cooke was on the front page. He’s not a 30 goal scorer and he’s not going to win the Hart Trophy but he was a huge part of the Penguins’ success.
The Penguins signed him to a three year deal today. He could have been an unrestricted free agent July 1st.
Ray Shero may have gotten away with one here. It had been looking like he had made a mistake by not signing Cooke before his value went up and his value went way up with the way he played in the post season.
Cooke is one of those guys you hate with a passion if he’s playing for the other guys.
Penguins fans should love the fact that he’s going to be here for three more years.
By the way, I’d be fine if they dropped the first puck tomorrow. Anything to get the Pirates out of the news.