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Talk of head shots Cooke-ing again

Just in time for the general manager meetings, Matt Cooke brings yet another unnecessary, dirty and injury-causing hit to the NHL.

The Penguins' forward ran his shoulder into the head of an unsuspecting Marc Savard on Sunday, with the Boston star being taken off on a stretcher. No penalty was called, which is an indictment of two groups of people: 1, the league's lawmakers, for not having any rules against head shots on the books yet; and 2, referees Tim Peel and Marc Joannette, who could have easily called Cooke for "intent to injure" but decided to keep their arms down and Cooke in the game.

The GMs are meeting in Florida this week, with head shots already on the agenda. Ryan Miller and Pat LaFontaine are among those who have spoken out on the issue, and there's hope something may actually be done this time.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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