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24 Matt Cooke LW
Height/Weight: 5-11/205 | Birthdate: 9/7/1978 | Birthplace: Belleville, Ontario, Canada | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 15 | Salary: /images/nhl/players/170x170/19806.png | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999

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6/19/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Clears Waivers, Granted Release

News: Matt Cooke cleared waivers Friday and will be granted his unconditional release, making him a free agent, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke will be able to speak with other teams once the NHL's free agency window begins, and at this point it's unlikely the 36-year-old is back in Minnesota next season. He appeared in only 29 games in 2014-15, registering only 10 points.

6/18/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild Will Likely Buy Out Cooke's Contract

News: The Wild placed Matt Cooke on unconditional waivers on Thursday, which indicates they will likely buy out the final year of his contract, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: It isn't a huge shock, as Matt Cooke's best years are likely behind him. The winger turns 37 years old in September, and only suited up for 29 games this season, registering a total of ten points in those contests.

4/25/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Comes Off Bench

News: Matt Cooke replaced Sean Bergenheim in Friday's Game 5 win over St. Louis and had two shots on goal and four hits in 10:30 of ice time.
Analysis: Matt Cooke and Bergenheim may continue to swap places between the bench and the fourth line the rest of the series.

4/21/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke To Sit

News: Matt Cooke is slated to be among the Wild's lineup scratches Monday against Blues, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis: Along with Matt Cooke, Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder and Ryan Carter are slated to be scratched Monday, while Sean Bergenheim and Justin Fontaine are in line to join the team's Game 3 lineup. Cooke saw 10:27 worth of ice time in Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Blues.

4/19/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke To Play Saturday

News: Matt Cooke will suit up on Saturday for Game 2 of the Wild's first-round playoff matchup with St. Louis, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke hasn't played since Feb. 1, and has been plagued by injury for much of the season. He leads the Wild in career playoff games (103), and will add a veteran presence to Minnesota's lineup.

4/18/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Out For Game 2

News: Matt Cooke (undisclosed) won't play in Game 2 of the first-round playoff matchup with St. Louis, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke, who last played Feb. 1, was activated from injured reserve Tuesday and then had a setback unrelated his previous sports hernia injury. He may be healthy enough to play, but the Wild are going to use the same fourth line (Sean Bergenheim, Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine) as Game 1.

4/15/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild Rule Cooke Out For Thursday

News: Matt Cooke (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 1 against the Blues, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: After sitting out Tuesday's practice, Matt Cooke was able to get back on the ice for Wednesday's session, but was limited to no-contact work. While Cooke will miss the Wild's playoff opener, coach Mike Yeo acknowledged that there's a good possibility that the winger could suit up for Game 2 on Saturday. The team will monitor Cooke's progress over the next few days before making a decision on his status for that game.

4/15/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Misses Practice

News: Matt Cooke missed Tuesday's practice due to what was described as "discomfort," Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo said Matt Cooke was being viewed as a "possibility" for Thursday's Game 1 against the Blues, though the winger likely wouldn't play if he's not quite 100 percent healthy. Yeo indicated Cooke's absence was unrelated to his prior sports hernia surgery, from which he returned last week for the Wild's final two regular-season contests.

4/9/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Back In Thursday

News: Matt Cooke (sports hernia) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Predators.
Analysis: Matt Cooke, who last played Feb. 1, was activated from injured reserve Tuesday, but sat out the Wild's victory over the Blackhawks. The physical winger looks to be fully recovered from the procedure that cost him over two months of action, and he should have the chance to reclaim a regular role in the Wild's bottom-six ranks heading into the playoffs. He's been limited to just 27 games due to injury this season.

4/7/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Out Tuesday

News: Matt Cooke (sports hernia) will not play Tuesday against the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Matt Cooke practiced with the Wild during Tuesday's morning skate and was later activated from IR, but it looks like his return may have to wait until one of the team's final two regular-season games. His next chance to play will come Thursday in Nashville.

4/7/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild Activate Cooke From IR

News: Matt Cooke (sports hernia) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo wouldn't reveal whether either of his injured wingers (Matt Cooke and Jason Zucker) would play Tuesday against the Blackhawks, but the activation of both players from IR suggests it's a good possibility that they will. The Wild would benefit from having the rough-and-tumble Cooke back on their penalty kill as they prepare for a run to the playoffs.

4/2/2015

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Could Be Ready To Play Next Tuesday

News: Matt Cooke (sports hernia) may be ready to play as soon as next Tuesday's game against the Blackhawks, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke has missed the last two months while recovering from the sports hernia, but seems to be increased his practice involvement over the last few days. If he's able to suit up for a game or two before the regular season ends, Cooke should solidify a regular role on the Wild's third or fourth line during their playoff run.

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.