Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette reports that the deal carries an annual cap hit of $1.8 million, which is about a $600,000 increase from his previous deal.
Cooke, part of Pittsburgh's third line along with Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy, is coming off a season where he matched his career-high with 15 goals, and was one of the Penguins better players in the playoffs, scoring four goals to go with two assists in 13 games. Along with the offense and his agitating style of play (he hates being called an agitator, but, there's no way around it: that's what he is, and he's very good at it) Cooke also made headlines this season for his hit on Boston's Marc Savard, which sent the headshot debate into overdrive, and for being on the receiving end of a one-punch knockout courtesy of Atlanta's Evander Kane.
Here's a look at how his new deal -- and his production -- compares to some of the NHL's other top pests and agitators.
(*the contract Avery signed with Dallas had an annual cap hit of $3.8 million, but since the Rangers claimed him on re-entry waivers, they're only responsible for half of his salary. Salary figures from NHLnumbers.com)
Cooke's new deal puts him right in the middle: not quite on the same level as guys like Avery and Ott, and a little bit above Tootoo and Ruutu. Which seems about right. Avery and Ott are more than capable of playing a top-six role, and while Cooke's offense isn't quite on that level, he does provides a bit more than Tootoo and Ruutu. Downie should be in line to get a nice increase in his contract after his 22-goal, 24-assist season in Tampa Bay.