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Don Cherry to NHLers: Don’t take away jobs overseas

Sep 27, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

Don Cherry

Don Cherry thinks North American NHL players should stay in North America during the lockout instead of heading overseas to “take jobs away.”

Grapes made his opinion known Wednesday on Twitter.

It wasn’t the first time he’s tweeted on the subject. Last week, he wrote: “I don’t blame the Europeans for going to play in Europe but you millionaires you’re supposed to be a union. Stay together and fight the good fight on this side of the ocean instead of going over and taking jobs from some poor guy trying to make a living.”

Cherry was a career minor-leaguer, so it’s understandable he’s sticking up for hockey’s fringe players.

But for the owners of European clubs, it’s a no-brainer to try and sign NHL stars, particularly homegrown ones that fans will pay to see.

And for NHLers that want to play instead of just train, Europe gives them the best opportunity to compete and stay sharp while making a nice chunk of change at the same time.

And for the NHLPA, it provides leverage in its dispute with the NHL. After all, if players aren’t sitting at home doing (and making) nothing, they’re less likely to give in to the league’s demands.

That said, it’s worth noting that the NHL officials’ union has asked its members to refrain from working in other leagues or over in Europe during the lockout so as not to take jobs away from others.

(h/t Sportsnet)

  1. babar61 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    At least I got the nfl until febuary…this sucks.

  2. aventador12 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Money talks, and you know who walks. It’s no different elsewhere when it comes to money. European clubs will sign an NHL star-player for hopes of coming up with more revenue income. I do agree with Don regarding another player over there who makes a living but ends up taking the cut, or worse, the axe because someone else is going to take his place.

    • jtrain1966 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      You know, I hope for the players in Europe that lose their jobs to the NHL players that if, & when the labor dispute ends that those players that lost their jobs to the NHLers put the screws to those owners for cutting them for the sake of profit ! Because somebody is going to have to fill the NHLers spot when they’re gone !

  3. colts419 - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Oh don cherry, when will you take your ridiculous fashion choices and pack it up.

  4. bhawksrule - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Don Cherry, you are addressing the wrong people.
    You should be begging the leagues overseas NOT sign NHL’ers….

    These leagues love nabbing an NHL’er so they can get more ticket sales and revenue, not “sticking true” to their own players trying to make a living.

    You don’t see these leagues turning down NHL players because that 4th liner on their team “is trying to make a living”.

    And NHLer’s also need to keep playing hockey and want to make money during this lockout too.

    Your point is moot…..who are you anyway?

    • sabatimus - Sep 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Don Cherry, wrong? Never.

  5. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    “Cherry was a career minor-leaguer, so it’s understandable he’s sticking up for hockey’s fringe players.” So subtle I almost missed it.

  6. tmoore4075 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Grapes is right with this one. I have agreed with him less and less over the years but he’s right here. I don’t blame the leagues for trying to nab them but when the NHL players are claiming to be unified and running over there it’s pretty funny.

    • crosberries - Sep 27, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      What does being unified have anything to do with some players finding other work? If anything it gives the players more leverage knowing they are off playing in some second rate league that lost an entire team to poor plane management. Sitting at home doing nothing but waiting gives the league even more power to continue holding out.

  7. falstaffsmind - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Players have a finite period of years when earnings are available to them. I am always struck by the idea that it’s perfectly acceptable for ownership to maximize their earnings and negotiate for every dime, but when a union or employee does it, it’s somehow poor form.

  8. kitshky - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Cherry is 100% correct, and it underscores the true hypocrisy of pretty much every sports labor “story”.

    If they were actually working on resolving the dispute the NHLPA should be encouraging their players to stay united, stay together, and be prepared to get back on the ice at a moments notice, and if they were actually fighting for fair working arrangements individual players would never ignore other Union and Associations rights by taking jobs away from players in other leagues..

    Same goes for the NFL players, if they were truly a unified association that respected and fought for collective bargaining rights they should never have even been on the same field with scab “officials” in the first place.

    As far as the actual NHL / NHLPA negotiation goes, the whole things a joke. There was a deal to be made months ago … and it’s going to be the same deal they make eventually after inflicting yet more unneeded damage on the game.

    Wake me up when they actually get serious about resolving things, it’s MLB playoff time anyways.

  9. rick4367 - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    It’s amazing to me that the “take jobs away” fallacy is present in the NHL! The free market dictates where labor is best able to go. If someone loses an opportunity in one area, then they are obviously better suited for a position somewhere else.

    I suggest Don Cherry read Henry Hazlitt’s “Economics in One Lesson” available here:

  10. nolockoutpricks - Sep 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    basicly what he is saying for all the people that cant understand. you’ve made your bed now sleep in it. if the players want a lockout dont play hockey anywhere. the second, third, and fourth line guys who make the least money and would love to be playing right now are the ones who are getting screwed. stop the crap

  11. somekat - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    I just find it funny how many NHLers have no problem going to another league and taking someone’ jobs, but if the league wanted to use replacement players, they would go nuts. Double standards are the best standards

  12. eugenesaxe - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Yeah, don’t look for employment when your current boss refuses to pay you.
    Shut up, career minor leaguer.

  13. paperlions - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    If they players are a union, then where a player is from should have no bearing on whether or not he seeks employment elsewhere. All “rules” should apply to everyone the same. Cherry is wrong.

    European players that play in the NHL are taking jobs away from North American players just as much as North American players playing in Europe take jobs away from European players. I see no difference whatsoever. Within the context of the international market for hockey players, Cherry is wrong.

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