Matt Cooke won't appeal ban

Updated: April 25, 2014, 11:16 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota winger Matt Cooke decided Friday not to appeal his seven-game suspension for a knee-to-knee hit that injured Colorado's Tyson Barrie during Monday's Game 3 of the teams' first-round playoff series.

The decision came after Cooke apologized Thursday for the hit.

"First and foremost, I want to say that I'm disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can't play for the Colorado Avalanche tonight," said Cooke, who addressed the media after the morning skate. ...

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