Cooke – 3years at 4.6million

Well.. According to the Vancouver Sun. Matt Cooke has signed a 3 year 4.6 million dollar deal. That gives him 1.53 million a year. He got what he wanted, cause he wanted to be the 4th highest paid forward on the canucks. He beat Trevor Lindon who is at 1.52 million. But this makes Vancouver’s third line of

Park (750,000), Linden (1.52) and Cooke (1.53)

higher paid than the second line of

D. Sedin (1.25), H. Sedin (1.25), and Anson Carter (1.00).

I don’t think Cooke was worth what he got. I think at 1.2 it was okay. The canucks have no wiggle room now. If they carry 22 players they’ll have 500,000 left under the cap. I think they should trade him for a cheaper grittier player, who may not have the offensive skills cooke does. I think the canucks are stacked with offense anyways. Let me know what you think. Was he worth it?


21 Responses to Cooke – 3years at 4.6million

  1. thatleafsguy says:

    trade imminent

  2. Mullet says:

    I DON’T THINK A TRADE WILL HAPPEN NOW. I THINK IF THEY WANTED TO TRADE HIM, THEY WOULD HAVE TRADED HIM AND NOT SIGNED HIM TO A 3 YR DEAL. NO OTHER TEAM WANTS MATT COOKE FOR3 YEARS HE’S A 1YR CONTRACT TYPE OF PLAYER. JUST LIKE TIE DOMI!

  3. thatleafsguy says:

    canucks are over the cap.

  4. Westcoastexpress says:

    Leaves the Canucks about 500k under the cap. But that amount includes players who won’t make the team. They are set and there will probably be no further additions or subtractions unless injuries kick in.

  5. Deke says:

    I smell trade as well….If Nonis can pull the right trigger…look for some movement pre or early season.

  6. thatleafsguy says:

    do the math the canucks are over the cap.

  7. dave1979 says:

    Actually we are still roughly $500,000 under the cap. Which is still a little too close for comfort as far as I am concerned.

  8. Flanker_Leader says:

    there won’t be a trade – cooke is a top penalty killer, and that’s one thing every team is definately going to be short of this season!

    “The 27-year-old figures to play on the team’s third line and likely will not get any significant power-play time. He is, however, one of the team’s best penalty-killers and coach Marc Crawford loves the grit and intensity he brings to the team. A versatile player, Cooke can play both wings and can certainly fill in on either of the top two lines.”

    http://www.canada.com/sports/hockey/canucksstory.html?id=e1bcd941-55a8-46b1-9141-acad1f81fb30

    although his salary is hard to swallow, he is a key piece of the team (he knows the system) and i’l admit he has a great agent.

  9. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    I don’t know much about their young players, but won’t they have to keep some room for rookies that they’ll want to play at the NHL and have to pay them $450,000?

  10. Montana401 says:

    no. that 500k under the cap is using a 22 man roster. not the current 25 they have

  11. gtweb says:

    Cooke will not be traded…

    However, I believe Alex Auld will. He has a one way contract and they Canucks paid a lot of money to get a proven goalie in Johnson. Vancouver also has some solid young goaltending prospects and I have a feeling Auld is taking too long to develop.

    Trading Auld would give us a team salary of just under $38 million for this year…

  12. gtweb says:

    another jealous Leafs fan…please get your info right before you post

  13. shapter07 says:

    vancouver needs auld more than johnson… who are they gonna bring up in case of an injury? flaherty or is he even signed

  14. thatleafsguy says:

    According to TSN.ca the Canucks are over the cap.

  15. thatleafsguy says:

    Over by atleast a million.

  16. Flanker_Leader says:

    auld is the first backup that crawford has liked since he became coach, so auld would have to fail spectacularly for him to be traded. vancouver was never much of a ‘trade crazy’ team during burke’s years, and under nonis i doubt that will change much, at least until the trade deadline. generally they ‘tweak’ during the off season but try not to mess with the chemistry after training camp starts unless they absolutly have to.

  17. Mullet says:

    Don’t be surprised to see them trade a goalie. Also, does anyone know if Trevor Linden still gets the respect he used to from his teammates now that they are appealing Ted Saskins deal? I wonder if maybe he’s not very comfortable in Vancouver anymore because of his teammates and may ask to be traded?

  18. Flanker_Leader says:

    wow, my quotes didn’t make it! i guess using > is bad. oh well, the article links are still there, and the quotes were all taken from the first few paragraphs…

  19. MAPLEBELEAF says:

    No chance. How could they pay a guy who just offers grit, more then the gusy who they expect a lot from on the second line.

    Guys like Matt Cooke area diem a dozen. Lot of guys out there who can offer 11 goals and grit and they would have been able to pay someone like that for a bit higher than league minimum.

    Soon some guys will be cut off other teams due to whatever reasons, then they should have see what their options were.

  20. ahuja21 says:

    I agree Cooke is only good when hes not injured and thats like never. He doesnt deserve to get payed nothin over one million becuase you look at the other players and then you look at Cooke you see how much Cooke hates hockey

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