Tyson Barrie won't return to the Colorado Avalanche's first-round series with the Minnesota Wild, after suffering an MCL injury on an ugly, knee-on-knee hit from Matt Cooke.
Unsurprisingly, neither will Cooke, who was suspended seven games by the Department of Player Safety on Wednesday.
The DOPS suspension video uses the word knee a lot. Makes sense.
"Cooke is leading with his left knee. After Barrie releases the puck, Cooke continues in this posture, further extends his knee, and makes contact wkith Barrie's left knee. This is kneeing."
That's from Patrick Burke, the knight who says knee.
Burke also explains away anybody who might be dumb enough to suggest that Barrie exacerbated the injury by trying to avoid the hit.
"While this evasive action might have worsened the extent of the injury, it should have been entirely predictable to Cooke that Barrie would attempt to avoid contact."
In other words, of course he tried to avoid the hit. Why the heck wouldn't he? That doesn't meanRead More »from Matt Cooke suspended seven games for knee-on-knee hit that injured Tyson Barrie