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08:29 AM ET 11.02 | Yes, Don Cherry, in addition to offering a less-than-optimistic take on the lockout, also stuck up for the commissioner. [Gary Betttman] has been heavily criticized for his handling of the CBA negotiations and the lockout -- the third during his 19-year tenure as league boss. But Cherry, a critic of Bettman over the years, came to the commissioner's defence. "It's absolutely ridiculous," he said. "[The owners] had a vote at the start ... 30 said yes [to the] lockout. It wasn't Bettman. If they had said no lockout, there wouldn't have been a lockout. He's the guy everybody goes after, it's ridiculous. If 20 owners walked up to him right now and said 'we're going back,' they'd go back."

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November 2, 2012  08:35 AM ET

Sour Grapes. I love you Don but you've got your head up your Bettman on this one.

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November 2, 2012  08:48 AM ET
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Everything is so clearly convoluted and divided among both groups right now, it's just not fair to give Bettman a pass. He's failed, again, in his #1 job - to grow hockey. He's failed it for 20 years and they still pay him to be the business face of the game and I cannot effing understand that.

But only 8 mil a year Danny. That'll show 'em.

November 2, 2012  08:51 AM ET



What a pianist.

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November 2, 2012  08:59 AM ET
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I know, how pathetic. I spent that on Brian Burke effigies to burn last month.

Be careful Danny. Once you light something that alcohol soaked it could burn for weeks.

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November 2, 2012  09:17 AM ET

What is this? A Canadian only thread?

November 2, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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What is this? A Canadian only thread?

Yes and Burkie skipped right over it.

November 2, 2012  09:37 AM ET

Understood Grapes. But ****'s job description is not solely to be the talking head of the owners; I think he is also being paid to negotiate, no? So far, he has failed.

November 2, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Be careful Danny. Once you light something that alcohol soaked it could burn for weeks.

So essentially, Burke was spending too much time in the dressing room in close proximity to the Leafs at the end of last season...and then someone lit a match.

November 2, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Sour Grapes. I love you Don but you've got your head up your Bettman on this one.

No he doesn't...and he has been a critic of the little B for years. The other side of the coin is that the idiot Fehr does not understand what he is up against...and the players are now drinking his kool-aid.
It's a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid,
...did I say, STUPID, situation.

November 2, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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Understood Grapes. But ****'s job description is not solely to be the talking head of the owners; I think he is also being paid to negotiate, no? So far, he has failed.

+1.

The idea that Bettman had nothing to do with the lockout is a little bit delusional. Part of his job is to advise the owners on how the league should conduct its business.

November 2, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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No he doesn't...and he has been a critic of the little B for years. The other side of the coin is that the idiot Fehr does not understand what he is up against...and the players are now drinking his kool-aid. It's a stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, ...did I say, STUPID, situation.

If I can read between the lines you think this is stupid? :-)

I'm not saying Donnie isn't covered in this s hit too but to think the Buttgoblin is just the "messenger" is naive.

November 2, 2012  10:05 AM ET

I Can Guarantee That No One That Has Posted On Here Would Defend The Buttgoblin................ Especially Me!!!!

November 2, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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+1.The idea that Bettman had nothing to do with the lockout is a little bit delusional. Part of his job is to advise the owners on how the league should conduct its business.

Don is telling it like it is as always.

The Commish probably has an opinion on the whole thing but for sure he is only the point man for the owners, not the guy who tells the owners what to do.

I don't see him jumping to defend the Commish. Nobody wants Bettman gone more than Don. He is simply stating the facts.

November 2, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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I Can Guarantee That No One That Has Posted On Here Would Defend The Buttgoblin................ Especially Me!!!!

And Don Cherry.............You Have Lost My Respect..........

November 2, 2012  10:11 AM ET
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+1.The idea that Bettman had nothing to do with the lockout is a little bit delusional. Part of his job is to advise the owners on how the league should conduct its business.

I mean you would've thought for $ 7 mil a year he makes, when Fehr rejected the Owners offer and laid out 3 thought out different plans he wouldve went back to the owners and advised them....hey "NHLPA is a bit more solid than we thought, lets dig into the #'s (esp. since they are ours) of these 3 different scenarios.....but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

November 2, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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And Don Cherry.............You Have Lost My Respect..........

I dont think he cares but thats just my opinion ;)

 
November 2, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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but to think the Buttgoblin is just the "messenger" is naive.

He has his own ideas for sure but he is the tail and if the owners wagged him he would wag.

That is not naive, it's the facts.

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