Friday's notes: Don Cherry calls Stu Grimson part of "a bunch of pukes"

With the NHL Regular Season now underway, the CBC's Don Cherry got right to work stoking the flames of controversy on Coach's Corner (head over to CBC's site to view the video). Towards the end, he takes on the notion that fighting in hockey and suicide are somehow inexplicably linked, and in the process, calls out many former NHL enforcers (including former Nashville Predator Stu Grimson) by name, saying they are a "bunch of pukes" for saying that in light of all the hockey-fighting-linked-to-suicide speculation over the summer, that fighting needs to be taken out of the NHL.

Um, sorry Don, but at least with Stu, I don't recall him making such an assertion. I know nuance isn't typically Cherry's strong suit, but at least with Grimson, he simply spoke to the increased awareness of what kind of long-term brain damage players are inflicting on themselves, and whether attitudes might change over the course of time.

"I could very easily be walking around with the same condition. I expect to live a long, happy, healthy life. But if at some later stage, if it turns out that my profession led to the premature deterioration of my health, I'm sure I'll tell you I have regrets. Yeah, I think that's fair to say."    

That's a far cry from the stuff which Cherry is lambasting, but it was surprising to see him call out Grimson and other former players as "turncoats" like that.

Follow after the jump for the rest of your morning hockey notes...

Nashville Predators News

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Katie Baker debuts her weekly NHL column for the 2011 season - Grantland
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Puck Daddy’s 2011-12 NHL Western Conference Prognostications - Puck Daddy
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If you would've told me back in May that we'd see this highlight to start off the season, I would've said you were nuts. But congratulations to Matthew Lombardi - it's just a shame that the Preds aren't a team that can afford the luxury of stashing players on Long Term Injured Reserve, and that David Poile was compelled to rid himself of the risk of hanging on to Lombardi's contract:


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