Recent rumblings say that Matt Cooke has agreed on a new contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins forward was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July first, but this deal will keep him in Pittsburgh for the next three years. Cooke recorded 15 goals and 15 assists in 79 games last season and also rattled off 106 PIMS. He added 4 goals and 2 more assists in 13 playoff games, after his Penguins were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Semi Finals.
Cooke was the center of attention around the league after his blindside head hit on Bruins forward Marc Savard. Cooke didn't get suspended, nor did he even recieve a minor penalty on the play. Savard would miss the remainder of the regular season and wouldn't return to action until the second round of the playoffs against the Flyers. He didn't have his affective play making abilities back however. The controversial hit brought up debate once again on whether these types of hits should be accepted in the NHL.
Personally, I think these hits cannot continue if we want to keep the great players of our game off of the injured reserve!
Update: The Canadiens have resigned Darche to a 1-year $0.55 million contract.