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Joe Starkey on Matt Cooke's disciplinary turnaround

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Matt Cooke used to play every second of every shift on the edge, straddling the line between ferocity and insanity. Now? "Now I stay away from the line," he says. "Wherever the line is, I kind of stay 100 meters away." It's mostly what we already know and have talked about, though now published in a major Pittsburgh newspaper and with quotes from the reformed himself. Is the 'Cooke for Byng!' train gaining momentum? Probably not. Also, I don't know whether or not Ray Shero's sincere about not knowing Cook's season PIM total... I certainly hope not, as it's been a pretty eye-popping number for anyone who even gives statistics a cursory glance. "Fourteen?" Shero said. "Holy (cow)." Holy cow, indeed.
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