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Cherry to players: stop bad-mouthing the owners on Twitter and in the media

Oct 10, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

Don Cherry AP

Don Cherry has a message for locked-out NHL players, and he sent it today via Twitter (@CoachsCornerCBC).

According to Grapes, NHLers should “quit tweeting and talking to the media about how bad [Gary] Bettman and the owners are” since it’s only going to upset the owners and make them “more determined” to get what they want in the CBA negotiations.

The NHLPA has launched a concerted PR campaign against the NHL during the lockout, with players using whatever outlets they can – whether it’s the mainstream media or social media – to tell their side of the story.

On a number of occasions, the players have taken direct aim at the commissioner.

For example…

Whether Cherry is right and Bettman and the owners will use the players’ barbs as bulletin-board material is up for debate. But for fans, the rhetoric from each side has gotten very old. By now, everyone knows the issues. All they want to hear is that a deal is done.

  1. scionofflame - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    I don’t think the anger matters much either way. They know the players are mad. Though from the standpoint of future prospects in regards to being traded and whatnot….might actually be smarter to keep some good will out there.

  2. cweez2 - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Gotta go with Grapes on this one. I would say most fans don’t ‘side’ with the players as much as viewing them as the least of two evils. This, the Barch rant and others isn’t helping. Fehr likes to trot out players to the negotiations, save the effort for the bargaining table, or just let The Don speak for you.

  3. finfan88shark - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Have to agree with Cweez on this one.

  4. id4joey - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Since when has he become the voice of reason when it comes to bad mouthing. Is he not the poster boy for bad mouthing?

  5. itsallgood8989 - Oct 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    NHL lockout? Who cares!?? Maybe i will come back and watch the NHL or maybe I won’t. Im not going to lose one second of sleep over this because, as usual, concern for the fan or the sport is not a consideration by either the owners or players.

  6. sabatimus - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Don Cherry telling someone else to stop badmouthing? Look in the mirror, idiot.

    • beinian62 - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      Bad mouthing will not get the sides closer together period.
      Whether you like Grapes or not he is right on this issue it serves no one to start insulting each other .The issue will only be resolved through goodwill. My 5 year old niece has more tact and class than what i see from the players.

  7. eyeh8goodell - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Cherry = Pot meet Kettle

  8. andypoo38 - Oct 11, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Cherry is so very ignorantly inflammatory sometimes…in this case: he makes IDIOTS look like rocket scientists: this is a lockout you TARD!..this is an owners initiated work stoppage in which they deny their workers ALL SALARIES and BENEFITS: this is the ULTIMATE disrespect and slap in the face to ANY workforce…and Cherry thinks the players should be cordial?..polite?…when the owners are demanding so much in concessions: get a clue grapes…or take a class called LABOR 101 ; )

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