Re: Don Cherry On NHL Off Season Moves
posted at 7/10/2013 10:23 PM EDT
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
In response to Hanrahan1's comment:
Apart from clothing I usually agree with Cherry on most things but I don't agree with him on Seguin. Sequin was repeatedly getting into trouble and wouldn't change his 'lifestyle' despite warnings and how it affected his play. If I was one of those Bruins who played with injuries during the final I'd be pretty p*ssed at him too.
Rick Middleton had a rep as bad or worse, and when he came to Boston, Cherry was the guy that had to deal with it. We all know what happenned, and Don got a lot of credit for the type of player Middleton became.
Could be why he's saying what he is about Tyler. I'm not against this deal, however, there is a huge, huge downside, if Seguin ever lives up to expectation. 35 years later, the Rangers are still haunted by that deal.
The difference here, though, is that the Rangers dealt Middleton for a rapidly declining Ken Hodge. If he had been able to maintain the same kind of production he had his first year in NY for another 5 years, and if the Rags had been able to get past the Canadiens in '79, I doubt it would hurt as much as it does.
I keep thinking of Brett Hull. Not professional (read: fat, lazy) but immensely talented in Calgary, but they rode him out on a rail for Rob Ramage and a back goalie that ultimately helped the Flames win their only Cup in '89. I don't remember hearing a lot of hue and cry over that deal after 1989 even though Ramage was almost pushed off the depth chart and left the next year, and the deal included no picks or futures. In other words, if the Bruins win again, or are finalists again, the pain of Seguin eventually becoming an elite scorer will be blunted.
days-of-Orr - most of those guys can skate, and they're going to grind Seguin every chance they get - make him work his legs off for the puck. And then, if he manages to race away, well, they're probably releasing him to the D and picking up the trailer.
Ken Hodge has nothing to do with what I'm saying Book. I'm merely speculating that the reason Grapes is so indifferent to this deal....could be, because he took on someone with the same rep, and turned him around. I think we'd have to agree,....no sugar coating it....the B's gave up on #19.
Cherry's talking out of his suit coat inferring he could work through that. He wouldn't have given up just yet.
Speaking of Brett Hull...he played in Moncton, and I doubt at that time....there was one person on the planet who would've dared suggest he'd even be a marginal NHLer. When he played in the AHL...the entire hockey industry gave Brett Hull a thumbs down. Scarry when you associate that with Seguin.