Matt Cooke used to play every second of every shift on the edge, straddling the line between ferocity and insanity.
"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.