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Coach’s Corner posted for duty’s sake

It's June. In many instances, the vast majority of the NHL-following media have been "on the job" since the NHL dished off its initial CBA proposal to the NHLPA all of four days after Zach Parise and Ryan Suter made their "decision" last July. Most of them spent July and August chasing CBA rumors, September covering players converging for training camps that wouldn't take place until January, and they spent October, November and December chasing down executives preaching CBA madness, players skating in Europe and others trying to stay in shape "at home" while worrying about an entire season being canceled.

They found out that they'd be working a 48-games-in-99-nights marathon at 6 AM on a Sunday morning, and now it's June, and those who are still standing are thinking, "Holy crap, we've got another three weeks to go?"

Don Cherry is not exempt from the burnout and repeated topics of dicussion and/or points of emphasis that are creeping into everybody's writing and analysis, and as such, Cherry read from his script of favorite topics on Monday, discussing his belief that top scorers need enforcers to ride shotgun, his distaste for hybrid icing as he suggests that all races for the puck will still be contested to the point of catastrophic injuries, and he exempted Duncan Keith from responsibility for whacking Jeff Carter in the face because Keith was provoked.

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mormerod19's avatar

his distaste for hybrid icing as he suggests that all races for the puck will still be contested to the point of catastrophic injuries

You have this one as backwards as it gets. He’s always preached no touch icing. He doesn’t like hybrid icing because it can still cause those

catastrophic injuries

. The fact is with the Hybrid, if there is a legitimate race, they allow the play to go on. That is the same as the old icing, causing injury after injury. They only blow the whistle if there is no real race. He’s preached player safety on this issue for years.

Posted by mormerod19 on 06/06/13 at 12:22 AM ET

Kate from AZ-made in Detroit's avatar

He’s preached player safety on this issue for years.

Posted by mormerod19 on 06/06/13 at 01:22 AM ET

Yes he has. Also, Grapes has been advocating for change regarding the over sized shoulder and elbow pads for years.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from AZ-made in Detroit on 06/06/13 at 09:27 AM ET

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