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Canucks off to a great start so far, Kreskin - good to see them top the West.

Closer to 4th in the West aren't they?
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Canucks off to a great start so far, Kreskin - good to see them top the West.

Colorado, Arizona, San Jose, Winnipeg, Chicago, Edmonton, Vegas + St.Louis to PO of the once does you knew better??
Not a Canucks fan eh Christian? Not to worry, I am Penguins supporter but I do like to acknowledge Canadian teams when they are deserving and the Canucks are long overdue some good news. Meantime, my guy Sid tops of the list of NHL stars this past week. Go Sid. LOL.
New star since Sid < - > McDavid and the team like Oilers do I expect me to PO.
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New star since Sid < - > McDavid and the team like Oilers do I expect me to PO.

Yep, McDavid is a new star............but he still didn't outscore Sid this past week. LOL
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Yep, McDavid is a new star............but he still didn't outscore Sid this past week. LOL

2017 plus 2018 plus so far he's better choise than the country team mate SID.
Rantanen goes strong again of the 24 points leading the point league.
Flames point league are thus:

Gaudreau - 19
Monahan - 18
Tkachuk - 18
E.Lindholm - 17
Giordano - 15
Backlund - 10
Senators players caught on video joking about team, badmouthing coach
Staff Reporter
November 5, 2018
November 5, 2018 10:50 PM EST
Warning: The above video contains strong language.
A number of Ottawa Senators openly joke about their penalty-killing abilities, mock one of their coaches and laugh at the ineffectiveness of special-team meetings in a candid video that was posted online.
The video is the latest bit of embarrassing news for a team that is trying to rebuild a more positive, professional culture in its dressing room, after the high-profile departures of Erik Karlsson and Mike Hoffman.
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The video — since taken down — appears to have been shot in Phoenix on Oct. 29 or 30 during the team’s western road swing. It was recorded, presumably by the Uber driver, as seven Senators were transported in a van or SUV. It appears that none of the players were aware the conversation was being recorded.
A screen grab from the video. Screen grab / Postmedia
Guy Boucher and Martin Raymond. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia
The five-minute recording, shot from a camera mounted by the rear-view mirror, was subsequently posted on YouTube and Twitter. The bulk of the conversation centres on the team’s defensive woes — the Senators stand near the bottom of the league in terms of penalty-killing and are dead-last in shots allowed per game.
“Marty Raymond, the only coach in NHL history to have the worst power-play and the worst PK within a calendar year,” says Sens forward Matt Duchene, in reference to Martin Raymond, an assistant coach in charge of the team’s penalty-killing this year and power-play last season.
Matt Duchene. Claus Andersen / Getty Images
The remark is met with laughter and only invites more jest from the players.
Defenceman Chris Wideman, sitting in the front passenger seat, chirps in: “Do you notice that when (Raymond) runs the video, if you actually do pay attention, he doesn’t ever teach you anything? He just commentates what’s happening.”
Then Duchene can be heard replying: “Here’s the other thing, too. We don’t change anything, ever. So why do we even have a meeting? I haven’t paid attention in three weeks.”
Chris Wideman in practice. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia
The driver appears unaware of who the players are and, early in the ride, asks what team they play for. Newcomer Chris Tierney is seated behind the driver and can be seen and heard looking up team statistics on his phone, finding the Sens 29th in the 31-team league in terms of penalty killing.
Defenceman Thomas Chabot can also be seen in the middle of the second row of seats. When Wideman says, “I also hate how he quizzes us,” the conversation meanders and Chabot says, of the next potential meeting: “No, please ask a question, just so he says ‘great question.’”
Thomas Chabot. Jean Levac / Postmedia News
Though obscured through much of the video, the other players getting out of the third row of seats are defenceman Dylan DeMelo and winger Alex Formenton, who has since left the team to return to his junior club, the London Knights, in the Ontario Hockey League.
There is evident frustration at how the team is fighting off penalties or handling breakouts from their own end.
“In practice, when we break out against you guys,” says Duchene, “We get in every time.”
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Similarly, Wideman makes a reference to not being able to slow down opponents, but it’s unclear whether he is referring to the Las Vegas Knights or the Arizona Coyotes, both games the Senators lost during last week’s trip.
“The best part about their break is the fact that we don’t even slow them up. They come in with, like, blazing speed too. Andy’s ‘like oh, s—,’” he said, in an apparent reference to starting goaltender Craig Anderson.
Ryan Dzingel and assistant coach Martin Raymond. Jean Levac / Postmedia News
Raymond, 51, was hired by the Senators in July 2016 and has previously served as an assistant to head coach Guy Boucher with the Tampa Bay Lighting and in the AHL.
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The video is the latest bit of embarrassing news for a team that is trying to rebuild a more positive, professional culture in the dressing room, said to be so poisoned that it hastened the departure of captain and star Erik Karlsson just before the season began.
Late Monday night, the players involved, Thomas Chabot, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Duchene, Alex Formenton, Chris Tierney, Chris Wideman, and Colin White, issued the following statement:
“We want to apologize publicly to Marty Raymond, our teammates and coaches for our comments in Phoenix Arizona on October 29. Our private conversation was recorded without our knowledge or consent. We’re passionate about our team, and focusing on growing together. We are grateful for the support of our fans and organization. This is an important learning experience, and we will do better.”
San Jose Sharks defenceman Erik Karlsson.
Senators head coach Guy Boucher issued the following statement: “Nothing is more important to us during this rebuild than making sure our players and coaches are fully committed to our plan, our values and our system of play. We have every confidence in Marty Raymond’s coaching; in the effort and determination of our team; and in the sincerity of our players’ apology. We are now treating this as a team matter, and will be making no further comment to the media.”
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Discipline players involved
Make a trade to send a message
Make coaching changes
Have some serious closed door conversations and leave it at that
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Uber did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but includes a lengthy section on privacy on its website. Although it does not specifically mention audio or video recordings, it does say “Uber may share your information other than as described in this policy if we notify you and you consent to the sharing.”
Late Monday, Rob Khazzam, general manager of Uber Canada, tweeted the following: “A video was released by the media today of several Uber passengers being filmed without their consent while having a private discussion during a trip in Phoenix. This is a clear violation of our terms of service and we worked vigorously to investigate this issue.
“Filming or recording passengers without their consent is totally unacceptable and if reported / detected we will investigate + take action to preserve our communities privacy and integrity. In this specific case, we made efforts to have the video taken down.”
NOTE: The time and date code on the video are incorrect.
bill barilko
It's a hilarious video and that coach should quit now.
Unrelated to the above posts. I generally don't disagree with Don Cherry when it comes to hockey but there is one thing I disagree with him about; racking up the score.
The other night Cherry was saying, "You just don't go and embarrass a team by beating them 9-2". Now, to that I respond that if you get beat 9-2, especially in your own barn, then the other team didn't embarrass you, you embarrassed yourselves.
Now, if you're showboating after the 6th or 7th goal then yeah, that's just being a dick, unless it's your first goal in 27 games or something.
Score of the night.
1. Bergeron - 24 P

2. Rantanen - 24 P

3. McDavid - 23 P

4. MacKinnon - 22 P
WARMINGTON: Don Cherry's Rock'em Sock'em Hockey 30 will be the last
Joe Warmington
November 23, 2018
November 23, 2018 9:41 PM EST
Don Cherry and his son Tim have released the 30th and final edition of their iconic Rock'em Sock'em Hockey videos. (supplied photo)
There was no mistaking that famous voice on the other end of the line.
“Hey Joe Boy, it’s Don Cherry here. I thought I would call you first with an announcement I am going to make on Coach’s Corner Saturday.”
He had me at Joe Boy but I did grab my notepad and pen.
“Yeah I thought it was a scoop that I wanted to go out on top,” said Grapes.
Even though we don’t have presses anymore I was still thinking about yelling stop them anyway.
Thankfully there was no need to go that far.
“This will be my final Rock’em Sock’em video,” said Cherry. “It’s our 30th video and we have decided it’s time to hang it up as the best-selling sports tape of all time in Canada.”
Big news. End of an era.
The first edition of Don Cherrys Rock’em Sock’em Hockey was released way back in 1989.
The only good thing about it was at least Don wasn’t talking about retiring from Hockey Night in Canada.
Still, the end of the 30-year-run of Rock’em Sock’em really is the end of a Canadian era — and also Christmas tradition.
“We have always been the ultimate stocking stuffer or gift for under the Christmas tree,” said Don.
When Don says we he means he and his son Tim, who has produced all 30 of these classic videos of incredible on-ice highlights combined with Don’s narrative over some fast-moving techno music.
Both Cherrys admit they are reflective.
“We were talking about it when we were filming it, how sad we were this would be the last,” said Tim. “But with distribution and technology changes, I think we’re wrapping it up at just the right time.”
And no this is not a signal that Cherry is thinking of packing it on Saturday nights as well. His next birthday in February will be his 85th and Tim doesn’t see is dad slowing down.
“No one can do anything forever, but not a chance,” said Tim. “He still gets fired up for Coach’s Corner.”
And after 35 years, it’s still the ratings king of Saturday nights.
Don Cherry and his son Tim have released the 30th and final edition of their iconic Rock’em Sock’em Hockey videos.
The videos also still sell very well, as they have from the early years when they were in VHS format.
“The videos have sold more than 2.3 million copies, which is the best non-theatrical DVD series in Canada,” said Tim. “When we did our first one in 1989 there was only two-and-a-half hours of highlights we could find to look at and now each year we have hundreds of hours to go through.”
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No Rock’em Sock’em video would be complete without, as Don says, “the odd tussle.”
Tim agrees, saying, “There are still lots of fights and great hits in the league so that’s not the issue. For many years we have had more goals than we did in the first few, no question.”
One interesting fact is who it was who came up with the Rock’em Sock’em title.
“It was my (late great) mom Rose,” Tim recalled. “Dad said why not Don Cherry Hockey and but she said that’s not enough and then said why not Rock’em Sock’em Hockey?”
Don Cherry and his son Tim have released the 30th and final edition of their iconic Rock’em Sock’em Hockey videos. (supplied photo)
The name stuck — at least until legal issues with using the title.
So from release 11 to 19 it was actually Don Cherry’s Hockey until the 20th when clearance to use the original was given.
Number 30 will be the last.
“I will miss doing it. I loved working with Tim on it for all these years. The only time I was happier was when I used to go see him play hockey,” said Don. “I want to thank all of the fans supporting it and the players who are in the videos too. A lot of them are grandfathers now in their 50s themselves.”
But they will always be Rock’em Sock’em to Grapes.
This league is like in ancient times of the 60-70-80-90s, where the greatness is great.

So long Top league:

1. Rantanen - COL - 38 P

2. MacKinnon - COL - 35 P

3. McDavid - EDM - 33 P

4. Marner - TOR - 33 P
Buffalo - 71 Points

Florida - 76 Points

Philadelphia - 78 Points

Montreal - 83 Points

Then its second conference by behind eastern surelly western.

The teams have hopes over PO tree.

Edmonton - 71 Points

Vancouver - 74 Points

Chicago - 74 Points

Colorado - 76 Points

Minnesota - 77 Points
'D'OH CANADA': 'Simpsons' takes shot at Sens in Canadian-themed episode
Canadian Press
April 29, 2019
April 29, 2019 1:22 PM EDT
The Ottawa Senators were unable to avoid being the punchline of a joke on Sunday’s Canadian-themed episode of The Simpsons.
The episode, titled D’Oh Canada, featured a scene with Lisa Simpson recovering in a Canadian hospital with an RCMP officer in uniform at her bedside.
He tells Lisa that while in Canada she would be “assigned her own hockey team.”
Lisa responded by crossing her fingers and repeatedly praying “please not Ottawa,” before the Mountie put a Senators cap on her head and apologized for the disappointment.
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It was a season of drama right from the start of training camp when captain Erik Karlsson was traded to the San Jose Sharks.
That was followed by a video being released by an Uber driver where players were overheard complaining about an assistant coach, the departures of Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel at the trade deadline, as well as the firing of head coach Guy Boucher with 18 games remaining in the season.
The episode highlighted many Canadian sports stereotypes including a shot of children with curling brooms, and featured another scene with a Stanley Cup-designed lamp sitting on a sidetable and a rug covered with Quebec Nordiques logos.
The Simpsons visit Niagara Falls and, through a series of mishaps, Lisa goes over the powerful flow of water that separates Ontario and New York.
She lands on the Canadian side and is admitted to hospital, where she is made an honourary Senators fan while learning about Canadian healthcare coverage.
The Simpsons’ consulting producer Tim Long grew up in Exeter, Ont. He’s one of three Canadian writers, the others being Joel H. Cohen and Jeff Westbrook.
hope the bluejackets tie.
St. Louis beats Boston 3/2...………………….excellent news!
Curious Cdn
Boston is evil.
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Boston is evil.

Yeah, I can't say for sure but that's a feeling I have.
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Yeah, I can't say for sure but that's a feeling I have.

Yippee - St Louis Blues just beat the Boston Assholes to win the Stanley Cup.
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Boston is evil.

WARMINGTON: Long live Coach’s Corner -- Our special summer edition with Grapes
Joe Warmington
July 20, 2019
July 20, 2019 9:40 PM EDT
Just as Mark Twain once said, the rumours of Don Cherry’s demise were greatly exaggerated.
In fact, 2020 will mark the 40th year of Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada.
“Forty years? No wonder they want to get me off,” joked Grapes.
Earlier this month, the question was in the air thanks to an item in award-winning sports columnist Steve Simmons’ popular Sunday column quoting sources that cost-cutting Rogers were undecided about bringing the coach back.
The news went viral. Cherry was not pleased.
“I was hurt,” Cherry told the Sun in an interview. “It takes a lot to hurt me now.”
That it was Simmons who reported it was like salt being rubbed in the wound.
“Steve Simmons, I really couldn’t believe it,” Cherry recalled. “He was one of the few guys I counted as a friend. And I knew him when he was 19. But Ralph Mellanby told me you have no friends in this business.”
Even though when you read it, Simmons was making the point Rogers should not go down such a road, Cherry said: “I didn’t take it that way and I don’t think anybody else did.”
Whatever it was, Grapes said, there was no truth to it.
“The ironic thing is the three bosses phoned me and said we can hardly wait until next year,” said Cherry. “If you notice on Coach’s corner — it’s the only thing on at the end of the first. There is nothing else.”
But could this be his last year?
“No, no,” said Grapes.
He said just look at “the trouble we had with just the hint of it being my last year.”
Don Cherry sits down with Joe Warmington for a summer coach’s corner on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)
Although he first appeared as an analyst for the 1980 NHL playoffs, this coming season will be his 39th doing Coach’s Corner — 33 of which have been with partner Ron MacLean.
When we were talking about Cherry’s longevity, we could not think of any TV show in Canada that has been on for almost four decades straight.
“I don’t think in American TV either,” said Cherry.
In Great Britain there’s “Coronation Street” but “they change (cast members) all the time. My wife watches it.”
There’s only one coach who has ever appeared on Coach’s Corner.
“Television people know,” he said of when it’s time to go. “You can’t be phony on TV. They can tell in a minute.”
In his case, it likely won’t be producers or media people deciding when that time comes for Cherry.
“The minute it is not fun for me anymore is when I will retire,” he said.
He is still having fun.
“It’s really good now,” he said of his relationship with producers, adding all three senior people calling him “made me feel good. It really did.”
That said, Cherry does acknowledge one can’t do TV forever.
“You have to realize in the business I am in. Once you are done, you are done. Two years from now they might say ‘didn’t you used to be Don Cherry?’”
As for Simmons sources?
“He thinks he’s right. Probably he was right. I mean 85? I remember when I was young if someone was 85 I thought the guy should be dead.”
In a special summer Coach’s Corner with the Sun, Don Cherry covers everything from the Stanley Cup finals to President Donald Trump!
On the 2019 Finals?
“I think Peter McNabb said it best, it was big boy hockey. St. Louis won because of the kid from Richmond Hill (Jordan) Binnington. He told me on the elevator ‘we are going to win it’ and they won it. And he’s the guy who won it. Ryan O’Reilly won MVP but I think a co-star was Binnington.”
The Leafs face red-hot goaltender Jordan Binnington and the St. Louis Blues Tuesday in St. Louis. (AP)
On last year’s contract holdout William Nylander wearing Eric Lindros’s 88 in 2019-20?
“I am impressed with Nylander changing his number. At least he cares.”
When Nazem Kadri was injured against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night, William Nylander moved into his spot at centre. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
On this year’s contract dispute featuring Mitch Marner?
“He will be back, there’s no doubt about it. I think it’s because (Auston) Matthews got (a big contract) and he said ‘wait a minute I am the leading scorer.’ Marner thinks why shouldn’t he be paid like the leading scorer? That’s the way he feels.”
Mitchell Marner #16 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores a penalty on Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins in the second period of Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on April 11, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
On calling the Carolina Hurricanes players a “bunch of jerks” for their after game tomfoolery?
“They acted like jerks but I should have said they acted like a bunch of jerks and not were a bunch of jerks,” said Cherry. “The PR guy got on it right away. I said it on the Saturday and by Sunday they had T-shirts made. But deep in their hearts they knew they shouldn’t be doing this. I have to laugh when people say it’s just young men expressing themselves. We are hockey. We don’t do that stuff. We get dressed up. We are not like basketball, football or baseball.”
Carolina Hurricanes’ Justin Williams and Micheal Ferland drag Jordan Martinook from the ice following the team’s celebration following an NHL game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, March 1, 2019. Gerry Broome / AP
Any regrets not taking Boston Bruins call-up goaltender Dave Reece out of the net in 1976 on the night Darryl Sittler set the record with 10 points?
“None. Gerry Cheevers was just back from the WHA and there was no way he was going in.”
Cherry said Reece never forgave him: “He never played again. And he had a pretty good record. He could never understand how I left him in there? Sometimes you have to be cruel in this business.”
Goaltender Gerry Cheevers won Stanley Cups with Boston in 1970 and 1972. (NHLI via Getty Images)
Who is your favourite player in the NHL right now?
“Connor McDavid. I always tell the kids the player who scores goals drives a better car.”
Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates a goal against the Anaheim Ducks during second period NHL action in Edmonton, Alta., on March 25, 2018. Jason Franson / CP
The Greatest player of all time?
“I have seen all of the greats and no one compares to Bobby Orr. No one. There were guys who could score more but they couldn’t do it all like he could.”
Cherry’s biggest regret in hockey?
“Seeing Bobby Orr leave the Boston Bruins to play for the Chicago Blackhawks for just 26 games before retiring because of a knee injury. He should never have left Boston. Never. I have never said that before but it wasn’t handled right. Orr would have played for a couple of more years had he stayed. He could still play. If you look at Chicago he still got the points (27 in 26 games). But he wasn’t Bobby Orr. He had 11 knee operations.”
Los Angeles Kings’ goalie Rogatien Vachon drop his stick but holds on to the puck as Boston Bruins’ Bobby Orr (4) tries to score in the second period at the Boston Gardens, Jan. 13, 1972. (CP FILES)
Are you upset NBA playoff MVP Kawhi Leonard left the Raptors?
“No. He wanted to go home to his mother. And I don’t blame him at all. I had to laugh they were thinking he was staying here. There was no way he was staying here. This guy came in to win the championship and he won a championship.”
Did the hockey coach get caught up in Raptors fever?
“I watched a little bit of it — all you have to watch is the last three minutes and you know the whole game. You have to give it to (team president) Masai Ujiri. I don’t know much about basketball but I know one thing, he had a lot of guts to get rid of coach of the year and trade away a popular player. It worked.”
Kawhi Leonard watches as his game-winning ball goes in to clinch the series in Game 7 as the Toronto Raptors defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in Toronto, Ont. on Sunday May 13, 2019. Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/Postmedia
What does Grapes think of NHL expansion to Seattle?
“I played in Seattle and it’s a good hockey town but I still think we should be in Quebec. I think of the rivalry between the Nordiques and Montreal Canadiens and there was no rivalry in the world like that.”
Who should be in the Hockey Hall of Fame?
“Pat Verbeek and his 522 goals and Ricky Middleton and his almost 500 goals are the two who should be in.”
What about Paul Henderson?
“It should be automatic. It is ridiculous he’s not in. They put (Vladislav) Tretiak in who choked in the last four games of the (1972 Canada-Soviet Union Summit Series). All he had to do was win one game in four at home. Henderson scored seven goals and he doesn’t get in. To put him in now (when it is so long overdue) is the same as putting Pat Burns in after he was dead. Did his coaching improve after he was dead?”
Legendary Team Canada 1972 Summit Series hero Paul Henderson poses with a print of “The Goal” at his Mississauga home on May 27, 2010. The jersey Henderson scored the 6th and winning goal against the Soviet netminder Vladislav Tretiak on Sept. 28 1972 at the Luzhniki Arena. The final score was Canada 6, USSR 5. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun)
How about Don Cherry for the Hall of Fame?
“I’m like Dale Hunter. I’m not their type.”
What about being snubbed for the Order of Canada?
“I will never ever get the Order of Canada, Hockey Hall of Fame or any of that stuff. But the policemen like me, the soldiers like me and the firemen like me and that’s very important to me. Very important.”
On Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk?
“He is so easy to dislike. I remember when it all started — they had a scrum down by the glass and he said if the people don’t come out, how can I keep the franchise here? Makes sense to me. I feel sorry for Eugene. He is losing money and is hated.”
Do you ever see Ron MacLean in the summer?
“Never. I will see him the first Coach’s Corner. He travels in different circles than I do. And we don’t live far apart. He lives in the rich part. He’s a wine guy and I am beer guy. But there is nobody better than Ron. He’s the best. I never tell him that. I am always giving him a hard time. He has a different philosophy in life than I have. He’s pretty left-wing.”
Don Cherry and Ron MacLean in 2017. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network) CRAIG ROBERTSON/TORONTO SUN
Do you worry about criticism for sticking up for right-wing politicians?
“No. I like (President) Donald Trump and I make no bones about that. When the economy is the highest it’s ever been, and unemployment best ever, he must be doing something right.
As for Premier Doug Ford?
“He’s trying to do the same thing here for the economy Trump has for the United States. Doug Ford is terrific. He can do the job if they let him do the job.”

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