Matt Cooke is the worst. He is a violent talentless distraction. Nobody in Minnesota wanted to add him to the team and have generally panned the signing. It will create an environement in Minnesota in which the fans will actively root against a player on their own team. (Speaking of favorite teams, check out this seasons NFL odds, and for all sports, get in on the Top Sports Betting Action) Not just boo because they fail to come through in the clutch, but actively root against a player, even if it sinks the team's chances.
What I'm saying is, Minnesotans don't like Matt Cooke. But please, Chuck Fletcher, tell me more about your stupid roster building adventures.
"After trading Clutterbuck to the Islanders, Fletcher knew he was going to have to find someone who could help in the hits department and on the penalty kill. On July 5, the Wild signed left wing Matt Cooke to a three-year, $7.5 million contract. Cooke, 34, had 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 48 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and finished fifth on the club with 97 hits."
THREE YEARS. WE HAVE TO PUT UP WITH HIM FOR THREE DAMN YEARS. You know, there was a lot of talk about using the team's compliance buy out on Dany Heatley (it was eventually used on Tom Gilbert) but canthe Wild use it on Cooke? He is 34 and has three years left on his deal, and is mostly known for his body work. He's just asking for an injury!
Sorry, Chuck Fletcher, but we can't let you get away with this one. Trading away a fan favorite for the most hated player in the league (according to your team's fans, anyway) seems like bad business. And your own description of Cooke makes it seem like a bad hockey move too.