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NHL notebook: Former Penguin Cooke suspended 7 games

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 8:27 p.m.
 

Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke was suspended for seven games by the NHL for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Cooke was at the league office in New York on Wednesday for a hearing about the incident, and his punishment was announced about eight hours later.

The Avalanche lead 2-1 with Game 4 set for Thursday night, so Cooke will be out for the series and more.

He played a key part in Game 3 for the Wild in quieting Avalanche stars Nathan MacKinnon, Paul Stastny and Gabe Landeskog. Cooke was given a minor penalty for clipping Barrie, who will need four to six weeks to recover from his injuries.

Trio vies for Calder

Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award.

They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy.

Tampa Bay is the first club to have multiple nominees for the award since 2008 when Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third.

The award winner will be announced June 24.

Coyotes gain stability

Anthony LeBlanc lived out a dream by becoming the owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

LeBlanc and the rest of IceArizona purchased the team from the NHL last summer and, despite short preparation time, met most of their financial goals in their first season as owners, including a franchise record for ticket revenue.

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