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PHT Morning Skate: Don Cherry calls Malkin ‘a loser’

Jun 18, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Don Cherry doesn’t think two-time Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin is worth the recent eight-year, $76 million extension that the Pittsburgh Penguins gave him. According to Cherry, Malkin is a “a loser.” (

Even after winning the Vezina Trophy, 24-year-old goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky recognizes that there are still aspects of his game that could use some work. (Columbus Dispatch)

We need less than 13 additional minutes of overtime to break a Stanley Cup Final record. (CSN Chicago)

Who are the best 14th overall picks of all-time? (

Detroit Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan has been maturing with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins since his “super-drunk” driving incident. (Detroit Free Press)

The KHL will break between Jan. 30 through Feb. 26 for the Olympics, even though the hockey tournament doesn’t start until Feb. 12. That will give Team Russia, minus the NHL players on the team, a sizable stretch of time to practice together before the competition starts. (R-Sport)

Highlights from Boston’s 2-0 victory over Chicago:

  1. pdmjr - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Hasn’t Mr Cherry been irrelevant for a long long time.? Please go back to the funny pharm

  2. pastabelly - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    I heard that interview yesterday morning. Cherry was just being Cherry and full of hyperbole. I think his point was that Malkin is a bit of a frontrunner and great when things are rolling, but only plays when he wants to. Is that a guy you roll out the money truck for?

    • bgrillz - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:52 AM

      Centers in the NHL, especially ones who have won a Con Smythe trophy, and 2 Art Ross trophies are hard to come by. And if he was on the free agent market, someone else would have probably paid him more. How quickly we forget that he dominated when they won the cup. And when Crosby was out, he carried the Pens. Don is pro Canadian, and anti European(especially Russian) players. He has had harsh words for Ovechkin, for Datsyuk and Jaromir Jagr. This is just usual Don Cherry blow hard rhetoric.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        well he praised the heck out of jagr and rask in the interview. i know he doesnt like russians but he also loves the bruins so i guess he gave them a break for now. i’m sure after they win it he will say jagr did nothing and rask got lucky… he will say how lucic, seguin, and marchand are the reason they won.

      • jpelle82 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

        *i meant europeans not russians….well russians too but still

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        I’m looking at the greatest trophy in sports, big silver thing, 120 years old. Look, there’s Malkin’s name. Darn, I can’t seem to find Cherry’s name anywhere on it at all. Hmm.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM

        C’mon jpelle,

        He Praised Jagr and Rask because they play for the Bruins, and he is a huge Bruins supporter because he coached them.

        Back in the 90’s Cherry used to blast Jagr in the same way he blasted Malkin.

    • hockey412 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      I’m one of Malkin’s biggest critics – but the argument that both you and Don Cherry are making is ridiculous. Malkin makes some dumb mistakes – and is not all that disciplined (although getting better)…but winning a cup, two Ross trophies, the Calder, a Hart, a Lindsay, and a Conn Smythe all before the age of 27 is something that neither you, Don Cherry, nor anyone on the current Bruin’s squad will ever do. So there needs to be a certain level of “I don’t know what I’m talking about so I should shut my effing mouth” going on, from all parties involved.

    • hockey412 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      And wasn’t it Lucic that was critisized the entire season this year for playing like sh*t? I only bring him up because he’s mentioned in the article…no other reason to mention Lucic and Malkin in the same paragraph, really.

      • pastabelly - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Lucic has been an inconsistent player and you are correct not to let him off the hook. There’s a good reason he was benched near the end of the regular season. But he’s also not a $10 mililon a year one way hockey player.

        Malkin may be worth $9.5 million a year to some team. The problem is that they already have Crosby at $8.7 million and now you have two players taking up over 28% of your salary cap. Add in Fleury and you have three players taking up 36% of your salary cap. Sorry, that makes no sense.

      • hockey412 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        I’d bet at least 95% of the GM’s in the league would disagree with you on that.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM

        You can criticize any great player. Toews has one goal, and the power play is not working. Kane got a lot of criticism until he scored a hat trick. It’s comments from the peanut gallery. I’d rather hear some actual insight than Don Cherry’s attempts to make himself relevant or Darren Dregr making up rumors to keep his job on tsn.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 18, 2013 at 7:32 PM


        The cap has almost doubled since 2005 (39 million), even if you factor in the reduced cap of 64.9 million for next season.

        Why are you so angy that the Penguins paid their two stars what they did, if all the data shows it will continue to go up?

  3. takingbovadasmoney - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    True, Sheehan is maturing. He no longer dresses like a Teletubby when he is “suuuuuper” drunk

    • ibieiniid - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      maturing = his alcohol tolerance is higher…. so ya, what you said was right

  4. hockeyfan1701 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Cherry got what he wanted, attention. Everyone is now talking about what he said.

  5. whiskytango333 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Don Cherry = horribly dressed super troll.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      He’s exactly what you picture some of the trolls online to look like.

  6. reasonableperson1 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Don Cherry is the Canadian version of Skip Bayliss. He’ll say anything to get a rise out of people and should just be ignored. Why respectable sites pick up idiotic statements by “journalists” seeking attention is beyond me.

  7. billyhauntswizards - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    oh Don. When will you learn to just stop talking.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      i’d go with “when he’s no longer paid to talk”

  8. malkinrulez - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I wonder if Cherry watches hockey or just looks at where they were born. Cherry raves about Kadri and calls Malkin a loser. No one played harder than Geno in the ECF’s.Geno should invite Hymen I mean Cherry to his trophy case.

    • timsabourin - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      I can think of 18 players who played harder than Geno.. reel it in bud

  9. jaguar0413 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    You can’t call a guy that won the Conn Smythe a “loser.” I’m not a Pens fan and even I can see that it makes no sense. Winning the Conn Smythe is the antithesis of being a loser. It signifies that you succeeded under the most intense scrutiny, pressure and toughest competition. I guess that Brian Leetch and Al MacInnis were also losers, since they couldn’t carry their teams to another Stanley Cup.

    Pens lost because they were a flawed team. Their skill and offense wasn’t enough to overcome their glaring weaknesses in the D corps and at goaltender.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Well I agree, but you said: Winning the Conn Smythe is the antithesis of being a loser.
      Kinda sorta. Except for Glenn Hall, Roger Crozier, Reggie Leach, Ron Hextall and JS Giguere, who, the years they won the Smythe had to watch the other team skate away with the Cup. Hall, Leach and Giggy did win the Cup other years of course.

    • jtm12180 - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      as a Pens fan, I agree with everything you said…

  10. 19to77 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Right, and that pile of trophies and awards just screams “loser.” Shut up, Don. You’re even more wrong than usual today.

  11. ewoods6 - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Funny how he says Malkin turns it on when he wants…..does anyone even watch Ovi?? How about this past season?? He is a poster child for playing when he wants…its obsurd he won the MVP.

  12. jtm12180 - Jun 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I’m sure Malkin is just on suicide watch since this idiot made these comments…smdh

  13. northstarnic - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Someone needs to pop that Cherry.

  14. vstar1us - Jun 19, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    You got what you wanted people to talk about you, well good can you at least dress so you don’t scare children?

    You are the past like many sports folks, go to the marginal sports folks place in the sky and just stop talking.

    Thank you!


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