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Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:16 pm
Don Cherry is never shy to share his thoughts. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

One thing you hear most every player, coach and general manager say often is that they don't read the newspapers or listen to sports radio. If they did they might go crazy.

Maybe that explains it for Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, because he pretty clearly pays attention to what is said. When the Leafs announced a contract extension for coach Ron Wilson, they seemed to release the news purposely on Christmas to burn the Toronto media. His battles with that group have been pretty well known.

He also appears to have a problem with CBC icon (or eye sore for the fashionistas out there) Don Cherry. Granted, he's not the only one in that department, but still.

“I like Brian Burke. I have nothing against Brian Burke,” said Cherry in an exclusive sit-down interview with the Ottawa Sun on Saturday. “But Brian Burke doesn’t like me. That’s the sad thing. We used to be the best of friends. I used to get St. Patrick’s Day cards from him ... no more.

“Brian Burke does not like what I say about the Leafs. But what am I supposed to say about them? They haven’t made the playoffs in [seven] years. I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I guess he doesn’t like it. But I am what I am.”

Sun writer Tim Baines reports in the same story that Burke has become so upset that he has been thinking over taking his gripes about Cherry's critiques to the CBC.

Can you imagine the response that Burke would get if he went through with going to CBC brass? Imagine what Cherry would say in his next edition of Coach's Corner.

The kicker is that Cherry admits to being a Leafs fans behind only his love for the Bruins, the team he played his only NHL game with and coached for five seasons, including two Stanley Cup Final losses. But in case it hasn't been clear for years, Cherry calls things like he sees them.

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Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:59 pm

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

WA WAWA!!! He said mean things mommy. I hate him. Grow up you freakin child. If you have issues with what he says... then maybe theres some merit to it. Sure why don't you challenge him to a fight burky. I guess well see you on celebrity boxing soon. BRIAN BURKE vs KEVIN LOWE AND DON CHERRY!

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:53 pm

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Burke sounds like a little child not getting his way. He got sooky when Kevin lowe decided to grab onto penner. Cherry knows hockey and we know your leafs burke are playing over their heads. Cant wait to see what excuses Burky comes up with at he end of the season on why the leafs never made the playoffs AGAIN! Problem with grapes is... he's right most of the time.

Since: Jan 25, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:16 pm

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Don Cherry is an ikon. He can say whatever the H he wants about the Leafs - he is right and he knows his hockey. Burke and his giant ego knew what he was getting into when he went to Toronto and the media microscope goes with the territory.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:26 am

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Burke is getting what he deserves.We are all judged by results. The most recent ones. What have you done for me lately.His brother in law gets a contract extension. The captain is voted the most overated player in the league by his peers. Kessel still won't go to the net and never will.Everyone wants out of the hockey capital of the world, because they know there miss managed.This guys no better than John Ferguson Jr who couldn't evaluate talent either, but at a much steeper price tag.What's yet to be seen is when his ass is run out of town in the near future, will anyone ever hire him again? As for Grapes, calls it  like he sees them.If it looks like a duck and talks like a duck it's probably the one trade(Pronger) he ever held his hat on, A lame Duck.

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:57 am

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Very true!!!!!!

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:53 am

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

lol, why would Burke validate Cherry's opinion by griping about it?

Give a coach a contract when he's earned it next time and make the playoffs in your 4th year there if you really want to start getting into it with him.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: January 30, 2012 8:43 am

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Why is Burke whining about what some 70+ year old man is ranting about. Call gary and daly up Burke and put your lawyer minds together to find a way to sue him to make him stop insulting you, Wilson and your Buds on TV you fatheaded tool.

Toronto 30th ranked PK in NHL. Teams PK has sucked since Wilson was hired. They aree lucky their PP is ranked 4th to help offset that putrid PK thanks to mediocre coaching imo.

Burke has vastly improved the team though offensively through trades and drafting, I can't deny that.

Lupel an All-Star this year, wow.

Grapes rules. Burke wants to censor free speech. Move to china Burke.

Since: Nov 20, 2008
Posted on: January 30, 2012 7:48 am

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

As usual Burke is shifting the focus for the Leafs continued misfortunes away from himself /Wilson and on to somebody else. If it's not Cherry, then it's the press,ref's,salaries,injuries,schedule, anything basically that doesn't hold Burke accountable. I saw the game in question and Wilson was disrespectful. He had his head down appearing to be reading or making and note while the other 19,000 people in the room were standing and giving a standing ovation to Canadian war veterans.The Leafs are the single most iconic Canadian company / brand (1 spot above Cherry) and Burke and Wilson are both foreigners who are not grasping the fact that neither is successful or necessary enough to garner much if any public support on most issues never mind one of national pride. Burke is prehistoric and is watching the modern game rapidly leave him in the rear view mirror.He will see just how little actual cache he or Wilson has if he really tries to take on Cherry / CBC in a national debate.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:28 am

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Some advice for Mr. Burke.  Just ignore him like 75 percent of everyone else does.  Cherry feeds off people responding to his remarks good, or bad.  Everytime someone responds it turns into a week long jab fest between the two.  If the person just ignores him.  Cherry finds someone else to go after.  There is nothing a sports writer/analyst loves more then someone responding to comments they made about that person.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:27 am

Brian Burke not happy with Don Cherry's criticism

Brian Burke is slowly building this team into a team.They were a joke before he took over.He has added Dion,Phil,Joffery,JML,two goalies that can stop the damn puck unlike the stiffs they had. Added some quality kids in the minors and the defense is looking real solid other then SHENN who i would trade A.S.A.P.Hired a coach who is far better then what they have had since the 90's.Don Cherry needs to relaxe and wait just like the LEAF fans are doing,shit they are at least fun to watch again.In my opinion they are 2 or 3 players away from being a top 5 or 6 team,before MR.BURKE they were bottom 5! No iam not related to Brian in fact iam an ISLANDERS FAN wow now you really got nothing to complain about. My wifes a Leaf fan and makes me watch every game!

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