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Updated: April 22nd, 2014 7:40am
NHL to conduct hearing with Matt Cooke after knee-on-knee hit

NHL to conduct hearing with Matt Cooke after knee-on-knee hit

by Judd Zulgad
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Matt Cooke has talked about how he has cleaned up his act since he joined the Wild last offseason, but his past is about to become a hot topic again.

The Wild forward, who has been suspended six times in his NHL career, is scheduled to have a hearing with the league's Department of Player Safety for kneeing Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie on Monday during the second period of Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. 

Barrie reportedly will miss four to six weeks.

Mikael Granlund's overtime goal gave the Wild a 1-0 victory, pulling Minnesota within a game of tying the series.

It appears there is no question Cooke will be suspended, the only unknown is for how long.

Cooke has been offered the chance for an in-person hearing by the NHL. That is required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement for any suspension that can exceed five games. Cooke also could simply ask to do the hearing over the phone but that might not help his cause.

Cooke was given a two-minute minor for kneeing. Barrie suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament and is out four-to-six weeks.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Matt Cooke, Mikael Granlund