Avalanche fans certainly are unhappy. Wild fans have a range of reactions. The fact of the matter is that a seven-game suspension for a knee-on-knee during the playoffs is reasonable.
Here are some things to consider. First, it's the playoffs. Fair or not, playoff games are weighted heavier than regular season games. A 7-game suspension in the playoffs would probably equate to a 10- to 12-game suspension in the regular season. Second, it was a knee, not a head. Targeting the head gets those huge suspensions. This is actually quite significant for a kneeing incident. The following factors were taken into consideration when determining the supplementary discipline:
- Distance traveled with an extended knee
- Further extension of the knee to ensure contact
- The force of the impact
- Resulting injury to an opponent
- Cooke's history...sort of