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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Matt Cooke done in Washington

From Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post:

Left wing Matt Cooke, as expected, will not be returning to Washington. The signing of Matt Bradley made Cooke expendable/redundant. "Obviously, Matt Bradley has been with us longer and was committed to us," McPhee said. "You can't keep everybody."

Read more from Capitals Insider here.

Cooke was a solid addition to the Caps' roster at the trade deadline but the qualities he brings to the table--energy, physical play and speed have been deemed replaceable by the Caps management. I'm sure Cooke will catch on in a third/fourth line role with another squad.

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