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Burke vs. Cherry - Who Wins?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The two loudest and most stubborn men in hockey are claiming that all is well in their apparent war of words, while evidence to the contrary may indicate the opposite.

One day after Brian Burke said he was “sour, I can tell you that” about comments made about his Toronto Maple Leafs on Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night In Canada, Burke said he spoke to Cherry Thursday afternoon by telephone and indicated that “it’s no big deal, I promise.”

After Wednesday’s general managers meetings in downtown Philadelphia, Burke, the president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, appeared put out about what Cherry has been saying about the Leafs and Burke on Hockey Night and indicated he would have something to say after the Stanley Cup final was over.

Never one to hold back, Burke said: “We have been getting a lot of shots on Hockey Night In Canada and I don’t think the Stanley Cup finals is the appropriate place to start throwing hand grenades back.”


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  Tags: brian+burke, don+cherry

No Way To Treat A Partner

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Thinking of giving the NHL, say, $100-million a year? Wednesday night gave you a sample of the perks you’ll receive for your investment.

The commissioner of the NHL will belittle, berate and otherwise blow off your employees on live TV. The man who happily cashes your huge cheque will demean your brand in front of millions. Act brusque. Surly. Argumentative. All this after you’d cravenly crooned Happy Birthday to him on Hockey Night in Canada.

continued and miore hockey topics too.

if you missed the Bettman interview, you can watch it here.

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Thumbs Up To Ron MacLean

from a Jeff Marek tweet,

True Story: Ron MacLean jumped into the Delaware River to save a man who was taking his own life this afternoon.

added 5:50pm, from Fan590,

MacLean says he was having lunch on a patio by the Delaware River with Don Cherry when a panicky woman came up saying there was someone in the water.

MacLean and a few others sprung into action — he grabbed a velvet rope, jumped a wrought-iron railing and ran down to the water.

When he arrived he saw another man had already jumped into the river and pulled the man to a raft.


added 7:06pm, from Kristina Rutherford of CBC,

And what was Cherry doing at the time?

“Supervising,” MacLean said. “He was just overseeing to make sure everything was OK. We knew this guy wasn’t going to drown at this point.

“I kind of hop over the rail and jump down to help this guy that’s already in the water with the man who is taking his life, as it turns out.”


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  Tags: ron+maclean

Ron MacLean & Gary Bettman Talk

Ron was on Fan590 this morning and said he felt sorry for Bettman.  The man is under a lot of pressure especially with the Phoenix situation, since he told the owners they would not lose money on this deal.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, ron+maclean

The Tough Canadian

In case you missed Coach’s Corner last night.

Also, Ron MacLean picked his highlight of the night…


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Hotstove Talk Tonight

Pierre LeBrun, Glenn Healy and Elliotte Friedman made up the panel tonight and discussed, the #1 pick in the draft, international hockey. Lidstrom decision coming soon and other hockey topics.

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Melrose On Cherry

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

How did we end up with Don Cherry and Barry Melrose as the respective oracles for hockey in Canada and the U.S.? ESPN thinks the sun sets on Melrose, but the former L.A. Kings coach has been warming up the same tired Cherry tribute act he’s peddled for 20 years. Down to the zoot suits. It hasn’t gone unnoticed. In a recent interview with Sports Media Watch, he was asked to compare himself to Cherry.

“Well, I’m a lot better looking and better dressed than Don Cherry. Gotta get that out there right away. But I would say so, yeah. If you look at the viewership for ESPN, non-hockey fans are watching SportsCenter. All of a sudden, this guy from Canada pops up, and they say, ‘this is the hockey guy.’ So I would definitely say that’s true. It’s something I take pride in, and something I work hard to cultivate, and something that I try to convey every night to people that aren’t hockey fans.

more plus some ratings talk, etc…

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  Tags: barry+melrose, don+cherry, espn

Afternoon Line

(Don) Cherry made it sound on Hockey Night in Canada like the story was solely Europeans crowing about their success, but the majority of those I talked to in the goaltending world this week were North Americans talking about what Finland, Sweden and other countries are doing so well.

They’ve taken note—and rather than burying their heads in the sand, are in favour of proactively working to get better.

-James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail, discussing Don Cherry’s response to an article wrote on European goalies.  Read all about it here.

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  Tags: don+cherry

Watching The Experts

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Okay, having cleared our throat… here’s how we’ve rated the Canadian network TV raters

After 40 Minutes (Hockey Night In Canada): They used to say Fred Astaire gave Ginger Rogers class and she gave him sex appeal. Well, Kelly Hrudey has given the frothing Mike Milbury a little class and Milbury has given Hrudey a dash of passion. The combination has spawned the go-to 2010 playoff panel.

Typically, Milbury rants about the enervation of the sport (in one fit of pique, he walked off the set, half in jest, half in earnest). Meanwhile, Hrudey has become the Jackson Pollock of the telestrator, putting computerized squiggles on the strategic bones of the game. It works because Milbury’s unpredictability and Hrudey’s pointed barbs about the San Jose Sharks or Roberto Luongo carry bite. It also seems to focus host Ron MacLean into his best work. Now if they would stop sapping the energy by going to P.J. Stock in his video prison set. Rating: B+

TSN: Their panels change so rapidly during the playoffs, it’s a wonder they don’t get a too-many-men-on-the-set penalty….


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  Tags: tsn

Afternoon Line

“After the show, at the hotel, with a few libations under our belts and our long, long conversations, comes the real story. And these are the stories I’ve shared with Kirstie.”

-Ron MacLean about his memoir which will be published.  More from the CP at Yahoo.

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