I had decided before yesterday’s game that there would be no grades. I wasn’t feeling much into it, as the circumstances in Boston far outweighed the importance of the game. To me, it seemed like a bad time to be making jokes about or criticizing players. Hockey was seeming rather meaningless in a time like this.

Well, too bad the infamous Jack Edwards didn’t live by those thoughts, too. Because the game was on the NHL Network, we were forced to listen to the Boston homer feed. And Edwards most certainly didn’t disappoint. I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about. But if you don’t, just prepare yourself.

There are oh so many ways to attack this tripe.

First, how many games has he seen Matt Cooke play since his transformation? Maybe seven or eight? Boy, that’s a great way to judge if Cooke truly has become a different player. Let me tell you this, Jack. Matt Cooke is indeed a completely different player than he was two years ago. I have seen almost every one of the 132 games the Pens have played in that period. I had even taken to calling Cooke “The Eunuch” because of his lack of physical play earlier this season. He wasn’t hitting, let alone doing anything remotely dirty. That’s the way it was last year, too. The old Matt Cooke had been totally erased.

The Masterton Trophy rewards “perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.” Can anyone argue that Cooke hasn’t displayed those qualities since the Ryan McDonough hit? I don’t think so. Look, I’m not here to defend the Matt Cooke who “assassinated” Marc Savard. The Cooke who elbowed McDonough. Those are terrible things he did. And he owned up to them and vowed to change himself. And for those of us who watch him game in and game out, he has done exactly that. Maybe Mr. Edwards needs to do a little more research and not spend his life in his little Bruin cocoon.

Second, considering what has gone on in Boston this week, Edwards’s comments were in extremely poor taste. Ignore the hockey aspect of this altogether. For him to be on the air, in what should have been a joyous occasion after a week of pure hell for all Bostonians, comparing any player to an assassin like Sirhan Sirhan just demonstrates total tone-deafness. The last thing a Bruin fan would want to hear in this situation is comparisons to assassins and reminders of the violence that had just occurred. I imagine even the most ardent Bruin fan had to cringe just a little when they heard these remarks.

Third, we have the hypocritical aspect of all this. Edwards’s own favorite team employs this guy Brad Marchand. He would never utter a bad word about Marchand, despite this

Or this

Maybe this

But wait, there’s more.

So, Jack, who’s the true “assassin?” Maybe you’re too blinded by your black and gold glasses to see what’s right in front right in front of your eyes.

To be fair, Edwards did begin the second period with what sounded like a sincere apology.

He actually sounded a bit shaken. Perhaps because of this? Good on Ray Shero for calling him out for his outrageous comments.