Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 2/15/13

PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 25: Matt Cooke #24 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Wachovia Center on April 25, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Flyers 5-3 to win the series 4 games to 2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Matt Cooke reached out to Erik Karlsson and apologized for the freak, disturbing injury that likely ended the young defenseman's season. As seen in a report by the Winnipeg Sun, Cooke texted Karlsson but wasn't sure if the young star would respond to his apology. Cooke's apology comes a day after Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk stated he didn't believe Cooke deserved to play in the NHL given his colorful past. Melnyk was quoted by the Ottawa Sun: "This guy should be kicked ... He doesn't belong in the league. He belongs somewhere where the goons play. Get him in the Central league. He can be a $60,000-a-year guy playing pick-up hockey there." He added, "The guy does not deserve ... He's got one purpose. I remember when this happened with Spezza. I said, 'If these are the rules, I just want to know.' We'll play with the same rules. Make sure you have one or two goons whose job is to do this either intentionally or unintentionally. Finally, "I'm OK with it, just t...
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