|03-06-2005, 11:01 AM||#1|
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Cherry aka grapes
TSN.ca Staff with files
Replacement players is the most pressing topic of the day in the NHL's 'Cold War,' and it has brought forth some frosty words from former NHL coach and Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry.
'Grapes' told reporters in Edmonton Thursday he believed that if locked out NHL players are taking jobs over in Europe, it should go both ways.
"I hope there isn't but if there is and I hear any player criticize a replacement, they're going to get it from me," he said.
"Talk about hypocrites. They go over to Europe, 400 of them, and take those jobs. As far as I'm concerned all those guys over there are scabs."
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The NHL's veiled message to the NHL Players' Association was clear Tuesday after its Board of Governors meeting in New York - get back to the table and negotiate a deal sooner rather than later, or the league may try to open shop next fall with replacement players.
The owners made no threats, but said if no deal was forthcoming, they would have to look at their options.
And replacement players are an unspoken option.
Cherry wasn't sure the NHL brand would sell with replacement players.
"I watch the American League and it's good, but you won't see (Mats) Sundin, you won't see (Mike) Modano, and let's face it, they sell tickets."
Cherry also weighed in on Gover