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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%: 2/0 | Average Draft Position: 333.50
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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.

5/9/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke In Lineup For Game 4

News: Matt Cooke will return to the lineup for Game 4, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke is returning from a seven-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit on Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie. The extent of the injury and Cooke's past likely played into the suspension, but his return to the lineup Friday will provide an extra enforcer on the front lines as the Wild look to even the series.

5/7/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Done With Suspension

News: Matt Cooke (suspension) is expected to be in the lineup Friday for Game 4, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke missed the team's last seven games due to a suspension that resulted from his knee-to-knee hit on Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Cooke recorded an assist and six PIM in three games prior to being suspended, and there's no word yet on who will be a healthy scratch Friday so Cooke can suit up.

4/23/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Dealt 7-Game Suspension

News: Matt Cooke has been suspended seven games for kneeing Avs' defenseman Tyson Barrie, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Following Wednesday's hearing, the NHL's Department of Player Safety has decided that seven games would be the appropriate suspension for Matt Cooke. His suspension history likely came into play here, as well as the fact that Barrie will miss 4-to-6 weeks due to a sprained MCL as a result. Cooke has the option to appeal the suspension with an independent arbitrator, but it's currently unclear whether or not he will go this route.

4/22/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke To Have Hearing Wednesday

News: Matt Cooke will have an in-person hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke will be allowed to plead his case for taking out Colorado's Tyson Barrie on a knee-to-knee hit during Monday's Game 3, but it seems likely that he could be in store for a lengthy suspension. Barrie has already been ruled out four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL, and it's certainly possible the NHL bans him for the rest of the series, at minimum.

4/21/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Facing Suspension From Barrie Hit

News: Matt Cooke was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, following a knee-to-knee hit on Colorado's Tyson Barrie during Monday's Game 3, the Department Of Player Safety's twitter account reports.
Analysis: The offer of an in-person hearing indicates that Matt Cooke is facing a possible suspension of more than five games. He's been quiet recently, but his reputation for dirty play is no secret, and Monday's hit was not only quite obviously illegal, but also resulted in a serious injury to a key player. Barrie is out four-to-six weeks with a sprained MCL in his knee, while Cooke will likely miss the rest of the series once his punishment is handed down. To say that it's a good trade for the Wild would be an understatement, and the Avs have every right to be upset.

4/11/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Snaps Multi-Week Slump

News: Matt Cooke's two assists Thursday in a win over the Blues ended a 10-game slump in which he'd failed to record a point.
Analysis: He went plus-3 in the contest and one of the helpers came shorthanded, so all in all, a fine outing for Matt Cooke. Unfortunately, even though he's reined in the funny business, Cooke has failed to develop more of an offensive game, and as a result he's of quite limited use to fantasy owners in leagues that don't count hits.

2/2/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Cooke's Shortie Not Enough For Wild

News: Matt Cooke posted a shorthanded goal and was assessed two penalty minutes in Saturday's loss to the Flames.
Analysis: Unless your league is fairly deep, this shortie (rare as they are) isn't likely to make a dent in your standings. Matt Cooke ranks outside the top 100 in most offensive categories.

1/13/2014

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN Wild's Cooke Scores Sixth Goal

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Scores Sixth Goal

News: Matt Cooke scored his sixth goal of the year in Sunday's win over Nashville. He has five points in his last six games.
Analysis: Matt Cooke has helped turn around the Wild's fortunes over the past two weeks, as he's been producing on the offensive end while accumulating penalty minutes at one of the lowest rates of his career.

12/6/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN Wild's Cooke Scores Fifth Goal

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Scores Fifth Goal

News: Matt Cooke scored his fifth goal of the season in Thursday's win over Chicago.
Analysis: After a slow start to the season, Matt Cooke has scored two goals in his last three games.

11/30/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Scores Fourth Goal

News: Matt Cooke scored his fourth goal of the season in Saturday's shootout loss to Colorado.
Analysis: Matt Cooke drew raves in training camp for his improved offense, but he's averaging fewer points per game than last season. Hopefully this goal will get his offense going.

10/12/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN Pens' Cooke Showing Offensive Side

Matt Cooke

Pens' Cooke Showing Offensive Side

News: Matt Cooke scored a goal and added an assist in Saturday's win over Dallas. It's his second-straight, two-point game.
Analysis: Wow. Maybe you can actually teach an old dog new tricks. He's now 35 and he's showing off a scoring touch that he's never really shown anywhere (except a 42-point, 82-game season in 2002-03). We don't expect this to continue, but short term he can deliver decent value.

10/10/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Two-Point Night For Wild's Cooke

News: Matt Cooke scored a goal, assisted on another and went plus-2 in Thursday's win over the Jets.
Analysis: Cookie's got a pair of goals and the helper in four games to start the year, and he hasn't taken a single penalty. He's still taking the body -- 10 hits so far -- but he's really cleaned up his game.

10/4/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Scores Goal In Wild Debut

News: Matt Cooke scored a goal and had three hits and two blocked shots in Thursday's shootout loss to the Kings. He got credit for a goal that deflected off his foot.
Analysis: While his goal wasn't exactly an exhibition of skill, the Wild praised Matt Cooke's play on offense during the preseason. He's starting the year on the third line with Kyle Brodziak and Mikael Granlund.

9/26/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild's Cooke Scores Preseason Goal

News: Matt Cooke scored a goal in Wednesday's preseason win over St. Louis.
Analysis: The Wild have raved about Matt Cooke's play this preseason and he could find a nice offensive role on the second line with some of Minnesota's young talent.

7/5/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Wild Sign Cooke To Three-Year Deal

News: Matt Cooke agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Wild on Monday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Cooke will head up north to Minnesota after a five-year tenure in Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old proved last season that he can still score, with 21 points (8G, 13A) in 48 games, but his plus-minus rating has steadily declined over recent years. While remaining in Pittsburgh would likely have been his best bet for a championship, it seems Cooke opted for as many years as he could get.

6/2/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Penguins' Cooke Avoids Further Punishment

News: Matt Cooke appears to have avoided further punishment from the NHL due to his hit-from-behind of Boston's Adam McQuaid on Saturday, which resulted in his ejection, Sportsnet reports.
Analysis: As a result, expect the Penguins' winger to be on the ice for Monday's Game 2 at home.

6/1/2013

Matt Cooke, LW, MIN

Matt Cooke

Pens' Cooke Ejected For Hit From Behind

News: Matt Cooke was ejected from Saturday's game for a hit-from-behind on Boston's Adam McQuaid.
Analysis: So much for the reformed Matt Cooke. He could face supplemental discipline as a result.