Wednesday, August 20, 2008

28 profiles in 28 days....The New Ruu

Welcome back to TST's 28 profiles in 28 days. Here's the backstories of players previously profiled:
Kris Beech

Player Name: Matt Cooke
How Acquired: Signed as a free agent on July 6th
Position: Left Wing/Right Wing
Age: Turns 30 in September
Contact Situation: Signed thru 2009-10 season, $1.2 million per season

Last Season Stats: (combined Vancouver and Washington) 78 games played, 10 goals, 13 assists for 23 points, 91 PIMS, 198 hits
Last Season Write-up: Cooke was traded to Washington last season and played well down the stretch, scoring 7 points in the final 17 regular season games, though he was pointless in seven playoff games....Cooke's hits had him ranked 9th in the league for forwards
Career Year Stats: 2002-03: (Vancouver)-- 82 gp, 15g, 27a = 42 points and 82 PIMS

Player progressing, in prime or regressing: At the age of 30 with 583 NHL games under his belt, Cooke is in his prime.
Expected 2008-09 role: The new Jarkko Ruutu....Agiatate, grind, hit, muck be a pest.
Potential line-mates: Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis, Maxime Talbot, Kris Beech, Janne Pesonen
"Best case scenario" stats: 82 games played 15 goals, 25 assists, 40 points
Notes: Cooke is the new Ruutu, and as a former teammate from Vancouver, he knows the role he's been brought to play. He'll have a hard motor, hit everything that moves and be on his game when he's got others off of theirs'.
Interesting fact: Like Ruutu, Matt Cooke is a former winner of the Frank J. Hume Award, given yearly to the "Unsung Hero" of the Vancouver Canucks by their booster club.

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