May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) makes a save against Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Matt Cooke (24) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 6-2 to close out the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Cooke Unlikely to Re-Sign With Pittsburgh Penguins

With NHL Free Agency set to begin tomorrow, the Pittsburgh Penguins and winger Matt Cooke could be in for a split. The 34-year-old has been with the Penguins since 2008, but with the two sides still far away from a new deal the team is preparing to lose Cooke.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero seems to think that the money on the open market could get Cooke to look for a change.

“Most guys, if they get [to unrestricted free agency], there’s more money, or they want a change,” Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Cooke should attract a lot of attention on the open market, but the Penguins lack of cap space will make it difficult for them to even put in a considerable offer. Cooke’s physicality can be controversial at times, but it is the time of play that can emotional spark a team.

Cooke could ultimately look to return to Pittsburgh for another Stanley Cup run, but the money that’s out there could be too much to pass up.

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