Posted by Chris Iorfida on February 26, 2008 01:37 PM | Permalink
Vancouver has dealt Matt Cooke to Washington for Matt Pettinger, according to TSN.
It would be a trade of gritty forwards who've only played for one team in their NHL career.
Cooke has seven goals and nine assists in 61 games in his 9th season with Vancouver.
Pettinger has two goals and five assists in 56 games in his 7th year with the Capts. At 27, he is two years younger than Cooke and grew up in Victoria.
He has one year left at $1.1 million, according to CP, while Cooke is a UFA on July 1.
Washington have already added Cristobal Huet, Sergei Fedorov in a bid to win the Southeast Division and mark the franchise's first playoff bid since 2003.
Will Vancouver add a top-six forward before deadline's end? Update: David Nonis says he tried.
Cooke is an unrestricted free agent this summer and wasn't likely going back to Vancouver. He leads the team in hits and was a pest, but they get a younger version in Pettinger who may be able to provide more offence.