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Matt Cooke | Winger | #24

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/7/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 216
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 6 (144) / VAN
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Cooke is patiently waiting for a new NHL contract.
Cooke was bought out by the Wild in June and has had a hard time latching on to another team. "I was hurt last year," said Cooke. "There was some mismanagement on my [hip] injury, and part of that is my fault. It led to me getting hurt twice in one season. I’m 36 years old, I only played 30 games last year and then me getting bought out, that’s a tough scenario [to find a job]. Patience is a virtue and right now all I’m doing is making sure I stay ready, that I get ready. We’re still three weeks away [from camp]." Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:06:00 AM

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Matt Cooke went unclaimed on waivers.

The Minnesota Wild are now expected to buy out the final season of his contract. He would have come with a $2.5 million cap hit in 2015-16.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 12:28:00 PM

Matt Cooke has been placed on waivers by the Minnesota Wild.

If he clears then the Wild intend to buy him out. Cooke has one more year left on his contract ($2.5 million cap hit) and he's owed a $3 million salary. He was limited to 29 games in 2014-15 because of injury and he collected 10 points.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 12:59:00 PM

Matt Cooke will skate to the left of Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine on the fourth line of Friday's Game Five against St. Louis.

Cooke didn't factor into his one game of action in the series, and owns just 35 poitns in 104 career playoff games. In fact, Cooke hasn't scored a goal in 33 playoff games, a span that dates back to 2010 with Pittsburgh.
Source: Mike Doyle
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 06:35:00 PM

The Wild will use the same lineup Wednesday night that led to a 3-0 Game 3 victory over the Blues Monday night.

With the Wild having played one of their most complete and sound games all year in Monday’s win, why would they change anything up? And head coach Mike Yeo agrees. The healthy scratches will, therefore, remain the same from Game 3 which means, Matt Cooke, Ryan Carter, Erik Haula, Jordan Schroeder, Christian Folin, and Nate Prosser will all watch from the press box Wednesday night. Folin and Prosser have yet to appear in a game this postseason.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 07:50:00 PM

Forwards Matt Cooke and Jordan Schroeder will be removed from the lineup for Game 3 Monday night versus the Blues.

Head Coach Mike Yeo will go with the same lineup that led the Wild to a 4-1 win in Game 1, which means Justin Fontaine and Sean Bergenheim will play Monday night instead of Cooke and Schroeder. Fontaine missed Game 2 because he was dealing with an illness but is OK to dress for Game 3. Cooke is a veteran gritty forward who has participated in 104 playoff games. Schroeder’s only playoff experience was Game 2 against the Blues Saturday night, where he was a minus one in just 8:50 minutes of playing time.
Mon, Apr 20, 2015 05:13:00 PM

Matt Cooke (undisclosed) will sit on Thursday in Game 1.

Coach Mike Yeo said he isn't thinking about Game 2 yet, so he isn't sure if Cooke will be available on Saturday. Consider him day-to-day.
Thu, Apr 16, 2015 04:25:00 PM

Matt Cooke (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Thursday.

He managed to skate on Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday's session and feels ready, but coach Mike Yeo isn't as optimistic. "I don't think he's ready for tomorrow. Certainly I don't see why Game 2 would not be a real strong possibility." Cooke just returned from sports hernia surgery at the end of the regular season and he has been experiencing some discomfort.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 02:39:00 PM

Matt Cooke didn't take part in Tuesday's morning skate.

Cooke was experiencing "discomfort," according to Wild coach Mike Yeo. Although Cooke has just played in two games since returning from a sports hernia, Yeo said that his present issue isn't related to his former injury. Cooke remains questionable for Game 1 on Thursday. If he can't play then Ryan Carter will likely take his spot alongside Kyle Brodziak and Justin Fontaine.
Tue, Apr 14, 2015 03:50:00 PM

Matt Cooke (sports hernia) is expected to return on Thursday.

It will be Cooke's first game since Feb. 1. He has four goals and eight points in 27 games this season. Thomas Vanek is projected to be a healthy scratch as the Wild have clinched a playoff berth.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Matt Cooke feels ready to return from a sports hernia injury.

He won't play Monday but could be back in the fold on Tuesday. Coach Mike Yeo hasn't made any final decisions on what his lineup will look like. The Wild bench boss plans to determine that after Monday's contest. Cooke hasn't played since Feb. 1.
Mon, Apr 6, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Look for Matt Cooke to return to action Tuesday against the Blackhawks.

This was speculated on Wednesday but seems more a realty on Friday. Cooke, who has been out of action with a sports hernia since the first week in February, will play on Minnesota's fourth line if he dresses on Tuesday.
Fri, Apr 3, 2015 12:59:00 PM

Matt Cooke (groin) might be able to play on Tuesday.

That would allow Cooke to get in a few games before the start of the playoffs. He hasn't played since Feb. 1. Cooke has four goals and eight points in 27 contests in 2014-15.
Thu, Apr 2, 2015 01:01:00 PM

Matt Cooke (groin) is expected to join the Wild for practice on Tuesday.

It will be his first session since he underwent sports hernia surgery back in February. Cooke has been limited to just 27 games this season.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 02:20:00 PM

Matt Cooke (groin) is projected to be a little over three weeks from being available to return to the lineup.

He underwent sports hernia surgery in early February. Cooke has been limited to just 27 games this season because of injuries.
Wed, Mar 11, 2015 12:56:00 PM

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