Thursday, February 5, 2009

Buttercup's Eyes, The Visor Does Nothing For Don Cherry

Don't cross a man who's willing to rock those threads like the ones pictured above. It's obvious that he doesn't give a damn.

If there's one thing you want to avoid in hockey besides being slashed with a skate, it's being the object of Don Cherry's ire. The long time CBC analyst holds nothing back and will wreck a man like no one's business. Who's the poor sucker to get caught in Cherry's crosshairs this time? The Minnesota Wild's Cal Clutterbuck or as Cherry likes to call him, Buttercup.

Buttercup has offended Cherry's sensibilities by fighting while wearing a visor last Friday. Clutterbuck got into a scrap with the Maple Leaf's Ian White and didn't bother to take off his helmet once things popped off.

The official rule is that anyone who wears a visor while fighting will be penalized but the Pioneer Press notes that the rule seems to have gone by the wayside as more and more "instigators" leave them on.
Cherry, a vocal proponent of old-school grit and protocol, hates it and ripped Clutterbuck for his fight last week with Toronto's Ian White, which started with both players wearing helmets.

The CBC analyst and former coach also referenced an earlier fight with Phoenix's Keith Yandle, which also drew the ire of Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky. In that fight, Clutterbuck unsnapped his helmet as if to take it off, but when Yandle made no similar move, it stayed on.
You can't blame a player for leaving his helmet on if the other player doesn't take his off as well. There is something to be said for leaving your helmet on when the other player removes his. There is no honor in winning that fight as Clutterbuck discovered. Don Cherry: Checking people's honor at the door.

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