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24 Matt Cooke LW
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 9/7/1978 | Birthplace: Belleville, Ontario, Canada | Team: Minnesota Wild | College: None | NHL Experience: 15 | Salary: $1,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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3/31/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Returns To Practice

News: Matt Cooke (sports hernia) participated in the three-on-three work during Monday's practice, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: No timetable has been set for his return, but Matt Cooke hopes to return before the end of the regular season so he can be a factor in the playoffs. Cooke has been out since Feb. 1 with the injury.

3/29/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Could Practice This Week

News: Matt Cooke (sports hernia) said he hopes to start practicing this week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke has been out since Feb. 1 with the injury. He hopes to return before the end of the regular season so he can be a factor in the playoffs.

3/10/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Not Close To Practicing

News: Coach Mike Yeo said Tuesday that Matt Cooke (sports hernia) isn't close to practicing with the team.
Analysis: Matt Cooke was able to resume skating a week ago and seems to be making progress, but it appears that the winger's absence will extend beyond the initial five-to-six-week recovery timetable the Wild initially etched out for him in early February. In comparing Cooke's progress to the Wild's other two forwards with long-term injuries, Ryan Carter and Jason Zucker, Yeo said that Carter was the closest to returning, and was still probably more than two weeks away. With Cooke in line to be activated from IR shortly after Carter, it looks like Cooke might not be back until the first week of April at the earliest.

3/4/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Resumes Skating

News: Matt Cooke (sports hernia) has been able to skate for the last week, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Despite his involvement on the ice, Matt Cooke isn't expected to resume practicing in the near future. It looks like a mid-March return is a best-case scenario for the winger, but it seems more likely that his timetable will extend beyond that.

2/6/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke To Have Sports Hernia Surgery

News: Matt Cooke will undergo sports hernia surgery, and he is expected to be out for five-to-six weeks, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke was moved to injured reserve Wednesday amid rumors that his injury could be season-ending. While that's not entirely out of the picture, his recovery timetable hints at a return in mid-to-late March.

2/4/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Lands On IR

News: Matt Cooke (lower body) was moved to injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: We might have seen the last of the 36-year-old this season, as he's believed to be dealing with a sports hernia injury that will require surgery. The Wild should provide an official update on his situation in the coming days, but those relying on the rugged Matt Cooke for hits and PIM should prepare to replace his production.

2/3/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Season Could Be At Risk For Wild's Cooke

News: Matt Cooke (lower body) could require season-ending surgery for his injury, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: After Matt Cooke was ruled out from playing Tuesday against the Blackhawks, coach Mike Yeo hinted that the forward could be out for "a longer period of time." The Wild should gain further clarification on Cooke's condition following a doctor visit later Tuesday. Russo's report suggested the veteran could be nursing a sports hernia, which would in all likelihood spell an end to his season after 27 games. Jordan Schroeder was recalled from AHL Iowa on Tuesday to cover for Cooke's absence.

2/3/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Out Tuesday

News: Matt Cooke is out for Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks due to a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Matt Cooke has only been ruled out for Tuesday, but Wild coach Mike Yeo said the absence could last longer. Cooke has not registered a point since Jan. 15.

1/11/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Nets Goal In Loss

News: Matt Cooke tallied the team's lone goal in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Matt Cooke got off to a fast start this season with six points in eight October contests, but a hip injury sidelined him after that for almost two months. The 36-year-old has come back from that absence cold, failing to making the scoresheet in ten straight until Sunday as the goal marks his first point since Oct. 28. He should be able to pick up the pace a bit, but at this point Cooke shouldn't be considered except in deeper formats.

12/21/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke (Hip) Activated For Saturday's Game

News: Matt Cooke (hip) was activated from injured reserve Saturday and will suit up against the Predators, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Stat Tribune reports.
Analysis: He'll replace Justin Fontaine in the lineup, joining Charlie Coyle and Nino Niederreiter on the Wild's third line. Matt Cooke last played on Oct. 28 before missing the last 22 games with a hip flexor.

12/19/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Hopeful For Saturday

News: Matt Cooke (hip) practiced again Friday and appears optimistic about his chances of returning to the lineup Saturday against the Predators, John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke will test out his hip injury for what he hopes will be a final time Saturday morning, and if all goes well, he'll likely be activated from IR. The bottom-six agitator has missed the past 22 games with the injury, putting a blemish on what had been a productive season to that point. He had an impressive six points through his first eight games, though that level of offense is probably not sustainable given that his career best for points in a season is just 42.

12/16/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke May Return Saturday

News: Matt Cooke (hip) could return Saturday against Nashville, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis: While he returned to practice Monday, Matt Cooke did not travel with his teammates for Tuesday's game against Chicago. Subsequently, he's been ruled out for Wednesday's game in Boston as well.

12/15/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Practices

News: Matt Cooke (hip) practiced with the team Monday.
Analysis: The winger was off to a hot start with two goals and four assists in eight games before getting hurt on Oct. 28, and looks like he could be nearing a return. Keep an eye out for him to be activated off IR before suiting up again.

12/13/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke (Hip) Looking To Practice Monday

News: Matt Cooke (hip) is expected to resume practicing Monday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke was able to skate on his own back in Minnesota on Saturday and will likely attempt to do so again on Sunday. He probably won't be cleared for full contact if he is indeed able to practice Monday, but if he continues to progress at a steady rate during the upcoming week, it wouldn't be unthinkable for him to be activated from IR at some point next weekend.

12/5/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Still Weeks Away

News: Coach Mike Yeo said Matt Cooke (hip) is still a couple of weeks away from rejoining the Wild, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke was expected to resume skating with his teammates this week and zero in on a return soon after that, but he apparently hasn't made as much progress to this point as anticipated. The Wild could sorely use Cooke's presence on their bottom six and can only stay patient as they wait for his condition to improve.

12/2/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Hopes To Join Teammates Wednesday

News: Matt Cooke hopes to skate with his teammates Wednesday morning for the first time since suffering his hip flexor injury, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke might have joined the team sooner had he not come down with an illness recently, but he appears to be progressing well from the more notable hip ailment. The forward has missed the last 15 games with the injury and will give the Wild's penalty-kill unit a vital boost once he returns.

11/27/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Showing Improvement

News: Matt Cooke (hip flexor) has begun skating without full gear this week, Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke has missed the last 12 games with the ailment and appears set to sit out several more contests, since he'll some time to make up for the lost conditioning work. Nonetheless, the Wild seem to be encouraged that he's at least back on the ice after he had failed to make much progress with his recovery over the last couple weeks.

11/21/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke May Start Skating Next Week

News: Matt Cooke (hip flexor) hopes to begin skating next week, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: He's missed 10 games with the injury, but is traveling with the team on a current three-game road trip.

11/11/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Not Close To Returning

News: Coach Mike Yeo indicated after Tuesday's morning skate that Matt Cooke (lower body) is not close to returning, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke has yet to resume on-ice activity and relayed to Yeo on Monday that he wasn't progressing from the injury as quickly as anticipated. The Wild likely won't have a timetable for his return until he starts skating again.

11/5/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild Place Cooke On IR

News: Matt Cooke (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: With Matt Cooke set to miss six games in a row by the time the Wild's upcoming six-game road trip concludes, the Wild decided to move him to IR for more roster flexibility. Expect the team to recall a forward from AHL Iowa for depth purposes before the trip kicks off.

11/5/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke To Miss Three-Game Road Trip

News: Matt Cooke (lower body) will not join the Wild for their upcoming three-game road trip, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke missed his third straight game Tuesday with the injury and doesn't appear to be progressing quickly enough in his recovery to be an option by the time the Wild conclude the trip in New Jersey on Nov. 11. Stephane Veilleux is expected to slot into a bottom-six role for the Wild in the interim, but Cooke's physical presence and surprising scoring chops (six points in eight games) will surely be missed.

10/31/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Likely To Miss Another

News: Matt Cooke (lower body) isn't expected to play Saturday against the Stars, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke wasn't cleared to resume practicing Friday, which will more than likely sideline him for a second straight game. Fortunately, the Wild are expected to welcome Erik Haula (head) back to the lineup Saturday, so the Wild should at relatively close to full strength on their bottom two lines.

10/30/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Ruled Out For Thursday

News: Matt Cooke is dealing with a lower-body injury and will not play Thursday against the Sharks.
Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo suggested the injury wasn't serious, so Matt Cooke will retain the day-to-day tag and could be available for Saturday's game against Dallas. Though he's valued mostly for his work as a checker and in stymieing the opposition on the penalty kill, Cooke has been an unexpected source of offensive production in the team's first eight games, recording two goals and four assists.

10/27/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Pots Goal, Assist In Loss

News: Matt Cooke grabbed a goal and assist -- both in the second period -- in Monday's 5-4 road loss to the Rangers.
Analysis: It's something of a Bizarro World in Minnesota lately, as the fourth liner has five points in his last six games while the team's power play -- that features stars like Zach Parise, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville -- has yet to find twine on the man advantage this season. Wild fans certainly have enjoyed their scoring depth this season, but we wouldn't count on it continuing: Matt Cooke is a high-energy depth checker whose value lies predominantly in providing grit, leadership and experience to a young Minnesota squad.

10/19/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Cooke Nets First Goal In Loss

News: Matt Cooke picked up a goal, his first of the season, on Sunday in a 2-1 loss to the Kings.
Analysis: Matt Cooke has just two points on the season, a point and an assist. He likely won't rack up points, with a career high of 42, so he doesn't hold a ton of fantasy value in most formats.