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Don Cherry: Milan Lucic handshake furor “much ado about nothing”

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By Allan Muir

Milan Lucic threatened Dale Weise in the handshake line after his Bruins were eliminated Wednesday night in Game 7?

So what, says Don Cherry.

“It’s much ado about nothing,” the Coach’s Corner star told CBC News Thursday. “He shouldn’t have said it, but he just lost the seventh game.

“That the feeling between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. There’s no love lost there, that’s for sure.”

While much of the hockey world is lining up to lambaste Lucic for his postgame behavior, Cherry took issue with Montreal’s Weise for revealing what was said on the ice to the media.

“I’m a little disappointed in Weise [for] saying anything [about it],” Cherry said. “‘Oh, here I am, the victim.’ So what, [Lucic] said it. You think a lot of things haven’t been said in those handshakes and that?”

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Cherry, who had his own issues with the Canadiens when he coached the Bruins, was more upset that Boston came up small in the decisive game. And he was quick to hang the goat horns.

“We outplayed them. We out shot them. We out hit them. And we didn’t have the goaltending they had.

“I know how [Claude Julien] feels because I’ve been there myself. He’s feeling mighty low. He’ll look at the same stats and wonder how it happened. And he’ll come to the same conclusion I come to: his goaltender [Tuukka] Rask did not live up to his expectations.”

Cherry did have some kind words for Montreal’s P.K. Subban, who he called the best player in the series, and goaltender Carey Price.

“Price was the guy. He was the number one star. Any team he plays from here on, it’s going to be tough to beat [Montreal] because of him.”

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  • Published On May 15, 2014
  • 7 comments
    StephDurant
    StephDurant

    (Cherry is a bit of caricature at this stage -- see "Rob Ford", for similar. Enough said on that.)


    There is some evidence that Milan Lucic is both a sociopath and stupid:

    (1) Sociopath -- see "Lance Armstrong"; these guys will never, ever be sincerely sorry for anything they ever do that contravenes societal norms. They will however, be sorry (and blame others) that they get caught, and work to make themselves out to be the 'victim'

    (2) Stupid -- this didn't 'leak' because Weise said something. Someone was ALWAYS going to zoom in the video on those two Lucic "grab and talks" with the two individuals he had run-ins with over the recent past (play-offs / regular season), being Weise and Emelin. Lucic is stupid if he thinks he can get into a multi-angle video’d handshake line, hold two (only) guys for a discussion, and have those two people be his run-in people (Weise and Emelin), and yet not expect multiple people to do a lip-reading investigation for their own interest and/or purposes.

    Note: someone ran lip-reading on Markov who appears to have told Lucic in line to "look the player in the eye" (when you shake hands). Neither Lucic nor Markov 'leaked' that.

    Ad note: Milan Lucic is an author of a recently published anti-bullying children's book: "Not Cool to Bully in School". Great idea, really, and I would usually commend an NHL player (and his wife, in this case), for the initiative. However, Milan Lucic is so disconnected in his sociopathy that he'd never acknowledge that his Weise/Emelin threats ("I'm going to f'ing kill you next season", he is lip-read to have said) are in any way at odds with his efforts with his children's book, and the message the book is attempting to send to children.

    ThomO'Barsky
    ThomO'Barsky

    Cherry trying to make headlines for himself. Just because he had no sportsmanship back in the day, doesn't make it ok. A washed up bitter old coach that likes to make everything about him...one word - RETIRE!

    doctorkemble
    doctorkemble

    this guy just came out with an anti-bullying book and campaign too. in interviews, he vehemently condemned all the biggoted, racist, hateful, arrogant comments to p.k subban also and urged b fans to show good sportsmanship. this is pure hypocrisy! practice what you preach, his words means nothing. PPL should really laugh off and ban his new children's anti bullying books!!!

    darrrellpolk
    darrrellpolk

    Hmmm . lets see , a comment from an 80 yr old man who thought a 3-1 game ended in overtime , uh huh , perhaps his best before date was in the last century . Call it a day Don , if your ego will let you . He is an expert tho , he did play one more NHL game than me , and he has name engraved on the Stanley Cup (the best looking trophy in sports) the same number of times as me .

    Will Muny
    Will Muny

    Bitter Biased Bruins. Last Time I ever come to this biased place......

    Shalaka
    Shalaka

    Shocking, Cherry sticking up for his beloved Bruins. Handshake line means a lot more to hockey than that.

    StephDurant
    StephDurant

    @darrrellpolk Senility is not to laughed at, although I expect that was not your intent. Bob Cole suffers similarly, but he's fortunate in that his is not supplemented by myopia as is the case with Grapes.