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Don Cherry's 'Hockey Night' future in doubt?

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09:48 AM ET 11.30 | He was never really much of a hockey player -- just one NHL game -- and couldn't quite seize the Stanley Cup as a head coach, but when he landed on the CBC's top-rated program, Hockey Night in Canada, Don Cherry's personality, his bombast, made him the singular television icon of this country's national winter sport. The long era of Coach's Corner, which has run more than three decades since Cherry arrived at the CBC, appears to be approaching its coda, an end hastened by Rogers Communications Inc.'s blockbuster $5.2-billion deal this week for a dozen years of NHL broadcast and multimedia rights. Cherry, who turns 80 in February, plans to use his Saturday night pulpit to reveal his feelings on the tumult of change -- but the public utterances of the new bosses do not bode well.

The Globe and Mail

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November 30, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Maybe its time to walk of into the sunset DC.

November 30, 2013  10:15 AM ET

Don Cherry's 'Hockey Night' future in doubt?

We need him now more than ever. Coach's Corner was the only reason, other than to cheer another Leaf loss, to watch HNIC at 7 pm EST. With Rodger's owning a large percentage in MLSE now we'll probably get the Leafs @ 7 pm as usual and a Leafs replay at 10 pm. :(

November 30, 2013  10:22 AM ET

Cherry, who turns 80 in February, plans to use his Saturday night pulpit to reveal his feelings on the tumult of change -- but the public utterances of the new bosses do not bode well.



The Who were right...meet the boss, same as the old boss...and both appear to have no clue!

November 30, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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Maybe its time to walk of into the sunset DC.

Far from it...he's still bang on more often than not!

November 30, 2013  10:25 AM ET

80 is the new 65, he's got a lot of im left.

November 30, 2013  10:25 AM ET
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80 is the new 65, he's got a lot of im left.

*time*

November 30, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Cherry, who turns 80 in February, plans to use his Saturday night pulpit to reveal his feelings on the tumult of change -- but the public utterances of the new bosses do not bode well.The Who were right...meet the boss, same as the old boss...and both appear to have no clue!

new boss

November 30, 2013  10:32 AM ET

I think Cherry will be tossed. Too bad, I always got a laugh out of his bit. But worse, I think free hockey will be a thing of the past in a few years. My guess is that Rogers will bundle it all into a Center Ice package or pay per view. On principal, I won't give it to them. I don't like monopoly's.

Hope I'm wrong.

November 30, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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Far from it...he's still bang on more often than not!

If only he could speak without that croak in his voice.

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November 30, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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If anything, the Leafs Saturday night games will be broadcast on Sportsnet while the secondary game (Habs probably most of the time) will get the CBC slot.

Either way, this deal has completely eliminated the primary cause of whining for the Leaf-haters nationwide.

I hope you're correct Danny and I can watch something other than the Laffs on Saturday night.

How about those Sabres? :)

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November 30, 2013  11:25 AM ET
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I'll bet they somehow, for some stupid reason, manage to beat the B's tonight. That's just the ridiculous nature of this team.

But yeah, at any given time on Saturday nights there will be five channels of hockey available. Here's betting you'll still be tuning into the Leafs broadcast :)

One solid check from Lucic and Kessel won't be found for the rest of the game.

And re the Leafs broadcasts......only if they're losing. lol

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November 30, 2013  11:43 AM ET
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One solid check from Lucic and Kessel won't be found for the rest of the game.And re the Leafs broadcasts......only if they're losing. lol

And how would "the sisters" fare against Lucic?

And as far as losing, I would think you've seen enough of that over the years.

November 30, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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There's already something seriously going on with Kessel. It's very strange. Maybe they closed down his favourite burger joint or something.

Maybe now that Ballsack is back in the lineup he's not baking cookies anymore. :(

November 30, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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And how would "the sisters" fare against Lucic?

And as far as losing, I would think you've seen enough of that over the years.

Lol - If you're going to fire back all full of righteous indignation please pay a little closer attention.

November 30, 2013  11:57 AM ET
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Lol - If you're going to fire back all full of righteous indignation please pay a little closer attention.

Attention is placed just fine, thanks.

November 30, 2013  12:31 PM ET

When it comes to Cherry it looks like I'm in the minority around here. I tired of his same old act years ago.

 
November 30, 2013  01:04 PM ET
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When it comes to Cherry it looks like I'm in the minority around here. I tired of his same old act years ago.

You're not alone, many have tired of Cherry's tired old routine. I don't dislike him, he's been good for hockey even if I don't always agree with him, but at 80 it really is time to exit stage left.

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