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.