edit: The fact that this hit DOES happen all the time without a rash of players getting their legs sliced up only supports the notion that Cooke did this on purpose. Either that or we are supposed to believe that all hockey players from pee wee on up through juniors to the NHL know how to correctly finish this type of hit without cutting the opponent but Matt Cooke does not? Boooooools***.
When Clint Malarchuk had his throat gashed and spilled blood all over the ice, was it because Steve Tuttle swung his skate up on purpose? After all, how many times have players been tangled up in front of the net without the goalie almost being decapitated? Or when Larry Cahan and Ron Harris converged on Bill Masterton to take him out of the play, and he landed on his head and died, should we believe that it was an accident? After all, how often do players sandwich a guy without them dying? Are we supposed to believe that all hockey players from pee wee on up through juniors to the NHL know how to correctly finish this type of play without hurting someone, but these players didn't?
Yes. They're called freak accidents. Things that happen all the time go wrong and end very differently. I understand that it's Matt Cooke and some people cannot separate his reputation from any injury that happens, but if you watch the play at full speed then you'd have to be nuts to think it was deliberate - or, more likely, just harbor a grudge and choose to grind your axe. He isn't that sneaky.