Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 06/19/14 at 01:13 AM ET
The Don Cherry of Coach's Corner and the Don Cherry of radio interviews and off-the-starched-cuff interviews can seem like two different people. When Cherry's hammering the bully pulpit, he's a little less bombastic and a little more nuanced in terms of his observations.
Cherry spoke with Hockey Night in Canada Radio's Rob Pizzo on Wednesday, giving a 26-minute interview, and Cherry's still himself, but those of you who think that Don's nothing but a blowhard might be surprised to hear Cherry think before he speaks--at least after he informs us all that he loves the Mortal Kombat theme song.
Cherry discusses Rick Nash's scoring struggles, he praises Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty, he discusses P.K. Subban and Ryan O'Reilly's respective contract situations, Jason Spezza's future, Cherry's off-season activities (yes, he has a Mrs. Cherry, and yes, his son scouts Major Junior and Minor Midget hockey), Dion Phaneuf's situation, the Texas Stars' AHL championship (Don is of course a passionate advocate for AHL players earning NHL shots), "smaller players" possibly being non-checked out of the NHL and potential NHL rule changes (including the "crackdown" on embellishment). It's interesting to hear Cherry as a relatively relaxed human being.
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