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Don Cherry: I Have Never Seen Gary Bettman So Livid

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Don Cherry: I Have Never Seen Gary Bettman So Livid

The NHL owners and players recently broke off their CBA negotiations, and any lingering optimism regarding a resolution is quickly disappearing.

Broncial tubes clearing, asthma disappearing…lockout remains…but asthma disappearing. (Simpson’s reference, moving on).

Don Cherry has known NHL commissioner Gary Bettman since he took over the job, and Cherry says the commish is not in the mood to negotiate.

“I have known Gary Bettman since he was named commissioner,” Cherry wrote. “I have never seen him so livid as he was tonight at the press conference. He was almost shaking. That was no act.”

Cherry theorized on Twitter what is pissing off Bettman, and why the talks broke off.

“There were owners who I’ll call doves who were against the hawks. The hawks said ok we’ll do it your way and the doves put an extra 100 million on the table and when the association said ok but . . . The doves turned into hawks themselves,” Cherry wrote. “I believe the hardliners said to the doves ok we did it your way and the association thinks we are weak . . .Now we’ll do it our way . . . ”

If Cherry’s theory is correct, this lockout could easily wipe out the season. We are getting dangerously close to the point where the entire season could be wiped out, and neither side seems to be feeling any urgency.

Cherry says there is one easy way to get a resolution.

“The fans are blaming Fehr for the situation we are in now. Remember I said a month ago I don’t like the sound that Fehr didn’t come out of retirement to lose. I’ve got a solution so Fehr won’t be blamed. Have a secret ballot, yes I said secret ballot. If you take a show of hands you’re not going to say nay if the guy in front says yay. Guys don’t want to look like a chicken and caving into the NHL. If the vote says we carry on with the fight we carry on the war. If the vote says let’s accept the offer, accept it. Majority rules I think that’s the way it should be. With a secret ballot you have nothing to lose!”

Don Cherry hasn’t made much sense in the past 5-7 years, but I agree with him on this.

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