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Video: Don Cherry sounds off on Brian Burke

Posted on: March 3, 2012 9:08 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2012 9:14 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been the talk of the NHL on Saturday thanks to their decision to replace head coach Ron Wilson with Randy Carlyle.

During the first intermission of The Leafs game against Montreal, Hockey Night In Canada analyst Don Cherry used his Coach's Corner segment to put general manager Brian Burke in the crosshairs and let loose on the type of rant that has become synonymous with Cherry over the past couple of decades. 



Among the things Cherry sounded off on were Burke's apparent attempt to go behind his back and get him fired (according to Cherry), and the fact the Maple Leafs don't have enough players on their roster from Ontario (at the present time, they have zero). He then read off a list of teams that have multiple players from Ontario, including recent Stanley Cup winners, and ripped Burke for having too many American players and players that have come through the NCAA.

No matter what your opinion of Cherry is, this is probably the exact argument that you would expect to hear from him.

This all sounds pretty similar to when there was a controversy in Montreal from a small, vocal minority earlier this season because the Canadiens didn't have a french-speaking coach or enough french-speaking players. Basically, according to Don Cherry math, good teams that have a lot of Ontario players are good because they have a lot of players from Ontario.

Nevermind the fact that they simply have good players, regardless of where they come from. Wouldn't you want to take your chances with a team of great European players or great American players against a team of bad players from Ontario? Of course you would. A general managers job is put to the best possible team on the ice that he can -- not assemble a team made of players from the local city, state or province.

At the end of the day, Maple Leafs fans have been waiting since 1967 for a Championship, and they've been watching one of the longest current playoff droughts in the NHL. I have to imagine they truly don't care about the birthplace or hometown of their players making up the roster just as long as they win games.

(By the way, if you get through all of Cherry's rant he does also focus on the story of Ryan Wood, which is perhaps the saddest hockey story you'll ever see.)

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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2007
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:09 am
 

Video: Don Cherry sounds off on Brian Burke

I love that guy. He is the greatest, no question. Hes killing Burke. Burke is a moron and deserves everything he deserves. Burke is the next on the firing line. Knockum out Don.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2012 2:08 am
 

Video: Don Cherry sounds off on Brian Burke

Although I've watched Coaches Corner for about as long as I can remember existing on this earth, I've never been the biggest Cherry fan.  That being said I think he's right to slam Burke this time.  Burke has the nerve to go above Cherry's head and file a complaint and then fires the guy Cherry complained about 2 weeks later?  LOL 


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