Rafal Ladysz of The Hockey Writers will have you believe today. His piece today speaks about Duncan Keith “doing the world a favor” by going after Matt Cooke last Saturday. Mr. Ladysz speaks of the deliberate nature of the blow to the head that Keith handed Cooke. Oh of course Rafal attempts to temper his tone behind a mask of compassion saying:
While you never want to see a player get hurt or carried off the ice, it’s hard not to justify Keith’s actions because Matt Cooke was the target.
Keith must have known he’d be immune from disciplinary events due to being a first-time offender. Nailing No.24 instead of No.87 sits well too.DGB’s suspension chart.
Cooke got what he had coming for a long time. A coward in every sense of the word, he’s got a track record the length of my arm.Truly. When Cooke laid out Anisimov he threw down later that night willingly. He didn’t go hide on the bench and refuse to engage and defend his actions like Keith did all night Saturday when Cooke pursued him. Maybe you need to look up the definition of the word coward. He did get what he deserved, a two game sit down from Colin Campbell. Duncan Keith does not work for Campbell to my knowledge so he wasn’t acting as an arm of the league’s official discipline policy as I understand it. You might have information I am unaware of however as informed as you are, so maybe you can provide it. Seriously though, Cooke did his time. Why did no BlackHawk come to Keith’s defense? Maybe they thought he was running scarred too.
He doesn’t have the fortitude to fight after the dirty tactics unless it’s someone with the brawling experience of Ilya Kovalchuk or Ryan CallahanIf he’s such a creampuff, why was Keith running like a frightened kitten from him the rest of the night every time he tired to get him to man up for his actions? I mean he's such a warrior with his 4 total fights in his five year NHL career. He hasn't fought since 2007. HUGE. He's so beast.
I’m not looking for sympathy for Matt. What I am looking for is equal application of the law to all parties and advocating head hunting of players “you don’t like” is about the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard since Mike Richards walked after destroying David Booth. Did David booth do something before that game to someone else that deserved the anvil of justice from Richards? Yea, I didn’t think so. Duncan Keith is a coward and showed his goon colors. Do the world a favor and zip it.
Note: Shortly after the publication of this piece the article linked above that it was a response to was mysteriously removed from The Hockey Writers without retraction or explanation. If the link doesn't work, that is why.