Cross Checks: Don Cherry

Morning Links: Day 33 of lockout

October, 18, 2012
  • Patrick Kane said he was "close maybe a wekk or two ago" to signing in Europe, but decided to wait because he heard negotiations were going better. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Sidney Crosby said he's "not sorry," after Claude Giroux claimed Crosby would "hack me across the wrists instead of going for the puck," during faceoffs in the Penguins-Flyers first-round playoff series last season. (Philadelphia Daily News)
  • Don Cherry said he can see where both sides are coming from in CBA negotiations. "When people say: 'Oh, look at those millionaires and billionaires, aren't they awful?,' they're kiddin' themselves because they'd do the very same thing." (Montreal Gazette)
  • Taylor Hall was cleared for contact as he practiced with the OKC Barrons for the first time on Wednesday. (Edmonton Sun)
  • The Kevin Bieksa Buddies charity game raised $200,000 for three Canuck charities, thanks to a large donation from Michael Buble, who decided not to coach instead of skate at the last minute. (Vancouver Sun)
  • Members of the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks team that won the championship gathered on Wednesday to discuss the "Camps for Charity" game they will participate in on Oct. 26, and the chirps about hair, golf and playing ability were flowing. (Chicago Tribune)
  • The deal to build a new arena for the Oilers collapsed on Wednesday as city councilors blamed team owner Daryl Katz for his last-minute demands for more money. (The Globe and Mail)

Don Cherry 'jams' with Canadian band

May, 17, 2011

Check out this video clip released by the Vancouver Canucks. Cup fever has hit the town, while TV analyst Don Cherry "rocks out" with Canadian alt-rock band Odds. Eddie Van Halen or The Edge he is not:

CBC "Hockey Night In Canada" analyst Don Cherry is known for not being shy with his opinions, and his latest targets were suspended Penguins forward Matt Cooke and owner Mario Lemieux.

A guest on the Dennis & Callahan radio show on WEEI, Cherry repeatedly called Cooke a "little rat" and said he "should have been straightened out a long time ago."

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Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesDon Cherry said Matt Cooke is "a little rat" who "should have been straightened out a long time ago."
"He should have been tossed for what happened to [Marc] Savard, but they said they didn't have a rule," Cherry said on the show. "The guy never even got four minutes, he never got anything for that. If he had got [suspended for] 20 games then, maybe he would have been straightened out. He should have been suspended for what he did to Savard and he got his comeuppance. ... They should have given him 20-30 games back then and it might have straightened the little rat out."

Cooke landed a blind-side hit on Savard on March 7, 2010. Savard missed two months with a severe concussion and suffered post-concussion syndrome last summer. Savard is on long-term injured reserved due to his second concussion in a 10-month period.

Cherry also criticized Lemieux for publicly calling for the league to fine teams for players who act out on the ice.

"Mario Lemieux. One of the biggest phonies I've ever seen," Cherry said.

"He says, 'we have to get rid of headshots,' and [Pens president] Dave Morehouse says, 'we have to get rid of headshots,' and [general manager] Ray Shero, who I really like, says the same thing. What happens? They've got the [biggest] headshot guy of all time, they're paying his paychecks. What a bunch of hypocrites, I'll tell you."

Cooke was suspended for 10 regular-season games and the first round of the playoffs for an elbow to the jaw of New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. It is the fifth suspension of Cooke's 12-year career.

Cherry blames the equipment, which "is like armor now," and mostly the lack of repercussions since the instigator rule was initiated for changing the game.

"We got little rats running around with visors thinking they are tough.

"We used to police the game," Cherry said. "Guys like Cooke with their visors hanging down, they would have been straightened out a long time ago."

Cherry said that Cooke confronted him during the playoffs and asked the commentator if he wanted to tell him to his face what he had been saying on television. Cherry said he then blasted Cooke but could not say on the air what he said to the forward's face.