As The Wheel Of Justice Turns: Penguins' Matt Cooke Suspended

The NHL has just handed down its latest suspension, this time nailing Matt Cooke with a two-game suspension for hitting Artem Anisimov.  He will also forfeit more than $29,000 dollars in salary which will go to the players' relief fund. Here is the hit:

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Cooke clearly leaves his feet and leads with his shoulder to Anisimov's head.  Let's check the Wheel of Justice criteria to see if the suspension was merited:

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1) Does the hit cause an injury? Yes, Anisimov left the game and is questionable for the Rangers' next tilt with the Penguins on Monday night.

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2) Does the player have a history of questionable hits/is it a star? Yes, Cooke was suspended two games last year for a headshot on Scott Walker.  Cooke is not a star player.

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With all the Wheel of Justice criteria met, it would appear as if Cooke did not have a chance to avoid being nailed with sanctions.

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