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.
Alex Ovechkin gets to have all the fun hanging out with Mike Tyson. We’re sure Ovi knows what tigers do and don’t like by now. (Alex Ovechkin on Twitter)
Ottawa has a trio of youngsters on defense that are making Sens fans think of the 70’s Habs? Someone check the hyperbole meter. (Ottawa Sun)
Phil Kessel… The leader of the Maple Leafs? Sure thing, just as long as they’re not picking sides for pick-up games. (TSN)
Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan, and Jim Thomson all accept Don Cherry’s apology. Litigation threats are the new face wash. (Sportsnet)
Meanwhile, Cherry’s apology isn’t being bought by everyone, especially Bruce Dowbiggin. (Globe And Mail)
Time for the Jets to put out a distress call because of their bad start? Almost… (Winnipeg Sun)
News flash: The Bruins’ PK is still good. Not a news flash: Their power play stinks. (CSNNewEngland.com)
Marcel Goc is impressing those in Florida with his two-way play. We bet the Preds miss him too. (Sun Sentinel)
Could we see Erik Gudbranson and Steve Downie drop gloves again tonight? Perhaps… (Miami Herald)
The improved Ducks defense is strengthening them overall. Jonas Hiller must be giddy about this. (Orange County Register)
CBC lightning rod Don Cherry made waves two weeks ago when he publically called out former enforcers Chris Nilan, Stu Grimson, and Jim Thomsen. He said he was “disgusted” with the former enforcers because of their stance on fighting using words like “pukes,” “turncoats,” and “hypocrites.” Following the segment and some serious public outcry afterward, the three were considering legal action against the television personality.
Tonight, Cherry took the opportunity to apologize to the three former enforcers. From CBC:
“I gotta admit I was wrong on a lot of things,” Cherry said. “Three enforcers, tough guys, my type of guys, I threw them under the bus, and I’m sorry about it. I really am.”
“Chris and Stu never said that they took drugs because they were enforcers in the National Hockey League,” Cherry said. “Also, they never said they wanted fighting out of the game, that’s for sure.”
“I was wrong on that, 100 per cent wrong. And when you’re wrong, you have to admit it.”
You can see the full segment here.
What are the chances that the threat of a lawsuit had anything to do with the public apology. It was surprising nine days ago when Cherry publically went after the three former NHL tough guys—he’s been championing players like these for his entire career around the NHL. It didn’t take long for Chris Nilan to respond:
What do you think? Do you think it was good that Don Cherry apologized for his strong comments a week ago or should he have stayed true to his word.