"Take Sidney Crosby down every chance they get. He, not Cooke, is the Penguins’ heart and soul. Make him bleed for the sins of his teammate.
Take him into the boards. Knock him down every chance you get. Bounce a puck off his nose if you can. If you get a blind side shot at him, put your body through his chest."
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Bill Guerin
Matt Cooke – Tyler Kennedy – Ruslan Fedotenko
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Craig Adams
Sergei Gonchar – Mark Eaton
Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Jordan Leopold – Alex Goligoski
"The last thing I'd ever want to do is tell someone to invoke some sort of physical treatment to Crosby. But, unfortunately, the way the game's going, if [the NHL is] not going to fix any of this, the only way to make a guy who was running around feel a little bad about himself is to [threaten to] hurt one of his team's star players. I wouldn't do anything to Crosby, but in the warmup I'd let Crosby [know] that we're coming for him. And then when Matt gets out there, I think Matt [has to] own up. And I wouldn't be surprised if Matt Cooke fought in his first or second shift. He's a tough kid, and he can hold his own."
"But no true hockey fan, who respects the athletes that they spend their time and money to watch wants to see a superstar get clocked by a goon. But they'd all like to see that superstar stand up for himself and his team. Sidney Crosby certainly has nothing to prove, and no one in the mainstream hockey media would blame him for letting someone else fight his team's battles. But still, he is the captain.
It makes you think, if Mark Messier were in this situation, what would he do? If Jarome Iginla were in this situation, what would he do? If Bobby Orr or Ray Bourque were in this situation, what would they do? Mario Lemieux, of course, would throw a bunch of cheap shots, refuse to drop the gloves, cry and whine to an official if anybody retaliated, and sit back and let Ulf Samuellson do the dirty work on other team's stars, so who knows, maybe Crosby will go that way too- I guess they respect that approach in Pittsburgh."