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Don Cherry to Nazem Kadri: ‘Smarten up… You played stupid’

Nov 17, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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Don Cherry had a very simple message for Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri during Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday night: Smarten up.

Sean Fitz-Gerald of The National Post shares Cherry’s advice to Kadri.

“You know how I like this guy,” Cherry said. “How he could do what he did; hit the goaltender, he could have been suspended twice … Smarten up, Kadri. Nazem, you know what I think of you, but you played stupid. They could use you right now.”

Kadri is serving a three-game suspension for running, and injuring, Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom and his absence along with injuries to Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland put the Leafs in a bind up the middle. They played both games of their home-and-home set against the Buffalo Sabres and will play Tuesday’s game against the New York Islanders without Kadri.

In the meantime, they’ve had to call up Trevor Smith from the AHL and acquired Peter Holland from the Anaheim Ducks to help fill ranks at center. Kadri will return on Thursday night when the Leafs face the Nashville Predators.

  1. 950003cups - Nov 17, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    In Kadri’s defense. Backstrom would’ve been injured anyway that day. If the guy sneezes he cries. If the game is too important he comes up with “a tweak”.
    I’ve never seen such a scared cat in the NHL.

    • allday420ap - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      is that you, nazim?

    • thomasvanek - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      LOL no class on this one

    • mp1131211 - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Not as funny if you have to repeat it. Nice try though.

  2. banger60 - Nov 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Thank you God of Hockey!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 17, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      I wonder what Don thinks of his good buddy Rob Ford these days. He’d better still support the Mayor or the guy will threaten to sue him.

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 17, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    no nazem…

    ya just gotta learn how to run people from behind, lay the lumber on unprotected backs, kidneys, ankles and assume the disposition of a chicken livered a hole, all while being generally incompetent and just plain butt ugly in your stated role…

    like kevin bieksa

    cherry’s model of the complete hockey player

    • sunderlanding - Nov 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Or he could just leave stupid posts on the internet. Pretend he knows what he’s talking about.

    • nflfan4now - Nov 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Isn’t that how princess Phanauef plays too? I wonder Cherry’s real thoughts on him.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    What continues to amaze me is that none of the writers/commentators/NHL talk about the OTHER suspendible hit he did late in the game that drew a MATCH penalty. He hit a key player in the head, driving his head into the board, at speed.

    He got off WAY too light. The guy played recklessly.

    And what made the hit on Backstrom worse is that he KNEW that the Wild’s starter was ill.

    He was looking for a cheap win.

  5. thehockeyhawk - Nov 18, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Its really irritating that this jack wagon didn’t get a bigger suspension considering he was head hunting the entire game.

  6. michiganhockey11 - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    As much as Cherry can be a xenophobic nationlist at times, he dead right about this. Somebody will take a run at this guy. I also think that his actions for the match penalty should have been grounds for a second or additional suspension aas well.

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