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Brian Burke is tired of Don Cherry dogging his team

Jan 29, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

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When Brian Burke has complaints about something, you’re going to hear about it. When he’s got a beef with CBC’s Don Cherry, that’s grounds for a titanic media blow up.

That’s apparently what’s going on in Toronto now as Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun reports that Burke is tired of hearing Cherry dog his Maple Leafs during his weekly appearances on Hockey Night in Canada. Warmington hears of Burke’s complaints through an inside source and about Cherry’s complaints about coach Ron Wilson in particular.

An insider told QMI Agency Burke is tired of Cherry criticizing his team — in particular, his coach — and he is contemplating asking for a meeting with CBC brass to complain.

Ripping a team and ripping a coach over just about anything would get any team executive rankled. When it’s Brian Burke, that’s a much bigger deal.

As for Cherry, he tells Tim Baines of the Ottawa Sun that the whole feud is “sad.”

“Brian Burke does not like what I say about the Leafs. But what am I supposed to say about them? They haven’t made the playoffs in (seven) years. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I guess he doesn’t like it. But I am what I am.”

Burke says that while others don’t criticize Burke, he tells it how it is. As of the All-Star break, the Leafs are eighth in the Eastern Conference and tied with New Jersey with 55 points. The easiest way to make all this nonsense stop is to have the Leafs make the playoffs and maybe make a run, but for Cherry we all know that won’t stop him from sounding off.

  1. trbowman - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    How about they just meet and slug it out.

    • trbowman - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      I hope Burke destroys that douchebag.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Burke’s over rated & gets too much credit. He “won” a Stanley Cup with Bryan Murray’s roster in Anaheim, not his own. His “rebuild” in Toronto has been a joke, especially after his plan took a step back with the Kessel trade – yes Kessel has been good but he should’ve stayed the course & “rebuilt” (with Seguin plus other picks he gave up) rather then an immediate band-aid in Kessel. Yes Cherry can be an idiot but all his Maple Leafs criticism is spot on

  3. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Don Cherry is a clown.

  4. takingbovadasmoney - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    You hope Burke destroys himself?

  5. bcisleman - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    Burkie, just remember the old song…”You always hurt the one you love.”

  6. crusty14 - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Of course Cherry goes on about the the leafs. HNIC is a show based in Toronto . If the leafs had been good for several years instead of awful , then maybe he would be saying good things about Burke and the team.

    Cherry calls em as he sees em! And the leafs have been shit in recent memory

  7. east96st - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    I would be happy to trade the Leafs and their front office for the Jackets and the CBJ front office. 8th place is a kick ass performance in Columbus. That’s practically winning the Cup for Jackets fans.

  8. blomfeld - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:42 PM


    Burke needs to finally do something or just shut his yap for good. The man is a completely “over-rated” parasite who’s accomplished absolutely “nothing” since arriving in Toronto … except of course, to make a “few” million for himself. So what’s going to happen when this leech’s five year contract ends ? … “oh thanks there big man Burkie, we’re right where we were the day you started .. yeah, that’s great ! … hey, about signing on with us for another five years, eh ?” The entire situation in Toronto is actually quite pathetic. You have an absolute gold mine there in terms of money and a loyal fan base, yet the team continues to be a perennial joke ? A “good guy” like Darryl Sittler or something would make far more sense as the Leaf’s manager than this disingenuous corporate fascist …

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:08 PM

      What are you talking about? The Leafs have been getting better ever since Burke started calling the shots. We had three players at the All Star Game for the first time in a while and they were all brought to Toronto by Burke. The Leafs were one of the worst teams in the league when he started, they will not be right back there when his contract is up.

      • blomfeld - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

        friend … you’re obviously a Leaf’s fan and therefore I’m precluded from striking back at you … instead, God bless you I say and may you know that as a Canadian, I can only do but what one thing … and that is to wish you people well …

        ps: I like so many others, only wish that the Leafs could again be great !

  9. habsman - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    It’s about time someone called out that self-important Bull Sh@tter Brian Burke. And I can’t stand Cherry.

    Don’t forget the sleezy way Burke left Aneheim. Collecting a paycheck while negotiating a contract with Toronto. He also was caught cheating, and was fined for tampering with the Sedin’s while they were under contract with the Canucks.

    In two years it will become readily apparent that the Kessel trade was won by Boston. Not only did they get Seguin, but Doug Hamilton will be better than any “D” man on the leafs. And J. Knight has potential to be top 6 forward. With this trade, he’s guaranteed the Leafs another 4-5 years of irrelevence while strengthening Boston. Thanks for that.

    Now he’s going to complain about Cherry saying mean things about the team and coach. If the Leafs miss the PO’s, it will be 4 years under Burke and 7 missing years total. Burke’s a joke and so are the Leafs.

  10. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    Don Cherry is the typical Canadian Clown. He always has something to rattle off on, complain about, or do something just to make sure the world still knows who this old punk is. While I am not fond of Burke either, he is making that Leafs team a better one. He has brought direction where before he got there, that team was a train wreck.

    • habsman - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Brian Burke is the typical American Clown. He always has something to rattle offon, complain about, or do something just to mak sure the world still knows who this old punk is. While I am not fond of Cherry either, he does make sense inre the Leafs. Year four for Burkie and playoffs are tenuous at best. Burke is like a troopers boot, all toungue. Did I say typical American Clown?

    • ikillchicken - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM

      Canadians that play for the Sharks: 15
      Americans that play for the Sharks: 5…2 if you only count regulars

      But yeah, you keep on ranting about “typical Canadian clowns” Mr Sharks fan. It in no way makes you look like an idiot.

      • finfan88shark - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        Wow they taught you to count.

        America has 23 teams
        Canada has 7 teams

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:07 AM

        Maybe that has something to do with America’s population being 10 times that of Canada.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        And of those 23 American teams, how many are turning a regular profit? How about the 7 Canadian teams?

  11. Jeff - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Win or shut up. Cherry’s job is to be critical, and he’s just doing his job. Naturally he going to go after the team that has the biggest fan base.

  12. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 29, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    For a guy who talks as much as Burke does it shouldn’t take his whole 5 year contract just to make the playoffs – the playoffs. Not the Stanley Cup, the playoffs. This guy talks like Rex Ryan & has backed it up half as less

  13. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Habsman aka wannabe American like the rest of Canada. Also fan of a team more concerned about whether or not the coach speaks French rather than how the team is coached or if it wins. Have fun watching your team NOT play in the playoffs you douche bag.

    • habsman - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      Tsk, tsk. Vulgar name calling. I’ve got feelings you know.

      Why would we want to be American? So arabs can bomb us too?

      Typical American Clown.

      BTW, go watch basketball, you know squat about hockey.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:10 AM

      Amazing….an American who still thinks everyone is envious of your country even though it’s in shambles. Newsflash buddy: nobody envies America right now.

  14. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Because American is better than Canadian. Point and case. Oh by the way, what a horrible knock off Canadian football is to American football. The CFL is a circus act of crappy talent. Should I type this in French for you before all scab fans protest?

    • habsman - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Haha, whats the matter sharksfan? You on your period?

      I prefer the NFL over the CFL. But this is a hockey blog. Or are you too stupid to realize it? Also, you can post en Francais if you wish, I can handle two languages. Whats your second language? Jibberish doesn’t count.

      Did I mention that you’re a Typical American Clown?

      • finfan88shark - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        I think he mentioned 1 particular person, that NO CANADIAN should be happy to acknowledge. But seriously if you think Don Cherry isn’t a clown, then you just proved sharksfan point.

      • habsman - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        Don Cherry is a “Dick Head”. Just like sharkfan.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:13 AM

      Don’t you mean case in point? Or were you just speaking American?

      As for the CFL, that league is twice as old as the NFL so it can’t be a knockoff. Obviously the quality of the two doesn’t compare but what you wrote is just stupid.

  15. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    If its the “Canadian game” then why are almost all teams in the United States? Poor typical Canadian Clowns thinking they actually did something right.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:15 AM

      Hmm let’s see…maybe because you have 10 times as many people. Count how many Canadians are winning games for American teams and get back to me.

  16. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Ikillchicken I mentioned ONE Canadian Clown. I don’t even need to explain why… only needs to look at the clothing the man wears. Typical Canadian Clown!

    • habsman - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM

      Why so angry sharksfan? (aka Typical American Clown). Did a Canadian steal your girlfriend? (If you’ve ever had one).
      Hockey isn’t just a Canadian or American game, its a world wide game. We’re just the best at it. Thats all.

      You should chill. Especially when rooting for a team that either chokes or is irrelevent.

      Did I mention that you’re a Typical American Clown?

  17. finfan88shark - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Don Cherry someone to be proud of? Cannot even understand half the words out of his mouth. But if Cherry is so smart and knows so much then why is he not coaching the Les Canadiens de Montréal. Does he not speak french.

  18. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    I love how you sidetrack the mentioning of te idiocracy in Montreal over whether or not the coach speaks French rather than how he coaches. Shows how stupid you people are. TYPICAL CANADIAN CLOWNS!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 30, 2012 at 2:20 AM

      “te idiocracy”

      If we’re stupid then I don’t even know what you people are.

  19. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Don Cherry is probably your mother. All the French speaking population are feminine.

    • habsman - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:03 AM

      If you were paying attention, you would see that I consider Don Cherry to be a complete asshole. Just like you sharksfan. (aka TYPICAL AMERICAN CLOWN!!!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHA)

      Anything else?

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