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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)

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