Found January 20, 2012 on Puck Daddy:
The rehabilitation of Matt Cooke from reckless hockey hooligan to upstanding citizen in the NHL has been well-documented, with ESPN and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the latest to pen "Injurious thugs can change!" soliloquies. But much like the Ottawa Senators' record, everyone is waiting for Cooke's reputation to regress back to its expected norms; looking for that "same old Matt Cooke" moment when he plays on the edge. (We're guilty of that ourselves.) On Thursday night against the New York Rangers, word began to spread (mostly through Darren Dreger of TSN) that Cooke slew-footed Brad Richards. Via Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters, the alleged slewing: We have to imagine the attention this has been given is somehow linked to National Penguin Awareness Day. Did Cooke use "his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent's feet from under him," as the rule states? Was Richards already falling by the time Cooke went Cobra Kai and swept the le...

PHT: Is Matt Cooke back to being Matt Cooke?

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