PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins checks in for his weekly chat with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.

With Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers marking the midway point of the season, Cooke offers his critique of where the Penguins are at the midterm.

“I think we’re a work in progress,” he says. “If we get a win [against the Flyers], I think we would be pretty pleased that it would be 16 wins out of the first 24. We’re not where we want to be heading into the playoffs, but it’s a climb. It’s a building process, and we’ll work into that.”

Cooke looks back on his two-goal game against Montreal, and is still amazed by Evgeni Malkin’s highlight-reel goal against Tampa Bay. He is also eager to see if the Pens can keep their cool against the Flyers on Thursday night.

Cooke also hopes the best for New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who was hit in the eye by a puck.

When asked his thoughts on how NHL players feel about visors, Cooke said, “If you really wanted to wear one, you’ll wear one. If you don’t want to wear one, you’ll find any excuse not to wear one. But I do think it should be an individual choice. You know the risks are there, but I don’t think it should be mandatory.”

Matt Cooke joins Vinnie & Cook every week on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan. His next appearance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 13.

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