Recommendation: Cooke will head up north to Minnesota after a five-year tenure in Pittsburgh. The 34-year-old proved last season that he can still score, with 21 points (8G, 13A) in 48 games, but his plus-minus rating has steadily declined over recent years. While remaining in Pittsburgh would likely have been his best bet for a championship, it seems Cooke opted for as many years as he could get.
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Update: Cooke agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Wild on Monday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.