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Matt Cooke

Hockey is a brutal game. But it also demands grace, and few players have managed to skate this divide as deftly as Matt Cooke. His role as an agitator requires him to psych out the opposing team, meaning his contribution isn't measured solely by the scoreboard. Still, the left-winger ranks near the top of the Wild roster offensively and puts up fewer penalty minutes than his critics expected. Since signing with the Wild in July, Cooke has been dogged by one goon after another. The Ottawa Senators made an unfounded complaint that Cooke intentionally sliced a player's Achilles tendon. Cooke brushes all of that aside as being part of the game. The State of Hockey has provided Cooke with a shot at redemption, and he's definitely making the most of it.

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