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Don Cherry Talks Upcoming Season

from Ken Pagan of the North Bay Nugget,

While the Leafs are the only one of Canada’s six NHL teams not to play a playoff game since 2004, there will soon be another NHL team in Canada, Cherry said.

“It’ll happen in Winnipeg,” he said. “I would say Phoenix will be the team. If you’ve watched Coach’s Corner, I’ve guaranteed within two years, Phoenix will be in Winnipeg. They have to go. They’ll never draw in Phoenix. They had a winning team this past year and they still didn’t draw. They can’t do much better than they did, to make the playoffs and still not draw. So they will be in Winnipeg and they’ll jam them in there.”

Cherry expects the Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks will be teams to watch this season, while the Stanley-Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will take a step back, having got rid of too many players during the offseason to stay under the league’s salary cap.

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scotts0's avatar

Gee Don, I bet that was a hard one predicting the Caps and Sharks would be teams to watch this year, because you know, both of those teams weren’t good last year or anything.  And then saying the Hawks would “take a step back”...wow Don, did you have to consult your insiders on that one or did you come up with those all on your own?

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 08/21/10 at 11:43 PM ET

Moq's avatar

He also forgot to mention that the Red Wings are getting old.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 08/22/10 at 09:16 AM ET

scotts0's avatar

Damnit, how could I forget the NHL “experts” go to offseason main story?

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 08/22/10 at 11:42 AM ET

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Posted by scotts0 from New York on 08/21/10 at 09:43 PM ET

Hahahah. Good one.

On the prospect of the Coyotes moving to Winnipeg. I dont know if that is true or at all possible. I cant get the rest of the story to load for somereason. If there is a possibility of them moving, I would suggest that they wait it out for a few more years.

The Phoenix fans had nothing to cheer about for the past few years. The 2010 Coyotes were a surprise to us all. Before you go and steal that team away from them, just hold on a gosh darn second. Lets see how that city reacts to a winning team. Lets give Phoenix one full season with the luxury of knowing they will have a good team. Lets give them one season in which they can count on seeing a competitive team on the ice every night.

Now I know they have had a winning team in the past. I believe the Phoenix fans will continue their support of this great Coyote team. The city obviously got behind their team in the playoffs against the great Red Wings. Perhaps the whiteout could have gone a little further into the summer if they had not drawn such a tough team in the first round.

As an advocate for growing the NHL, I feel that stealing this team away from the Phoenix fans is not in the best interest of NHL growth and expansion. It may have been a bad idea to move a NHL team to Phoenix. Whats done is done. Lets give Phoenix one more year. Some could argue that Phoenix has not yet had a full year in which to get excited about their team. The city supported their team very well this postseason. It was a great ending with the Coyotes waving goodbye to their fans after that game 7. Lets ride this out a little longer. We need to show that non-traditional hockey cities can support a team. We can’t just focus on the northern markets. NHL needs the Phoenix Coyotes to be a success. I need the Phoenix Coyotes to be a success as Red Wings fan!

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/22/10 at 10:51 PM ET

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Moving the Phoenix Coyotes to Winnipeg is a bad move for the National Hockey League.

It was a bad idea to move the Winnipeg jets to Phoenix but thats another matter.

Posted by pjwalny from Not Detroit, evidently?? on 08/22/10 at 10:58 PM ET

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