Cherry expects two-month NHL lockout 0
Don Cherry speaks about his family's Kingston, Ont. heritage during the "In Sir John A.'s Footsteps" walking tour through Kingston early Friday night. Following the walk, Cherry said he expects the NHL will face a two-month lockout. (QMI Agency)
Don Cherry doesn't see an agreement between NHL players and owners happening before the season is scheduled to start and said he expects that a lockout will last two months.
The hockey legend and commentator was back in his hometown to lead a walking tour about another famous Kingstonian – Canada's first prime minister Sir John A. Macdonald.
"I'm afraid it looks like two months. Everybody's talking that they're going to be out two months,” Cherry said after the walk Friday evening. “It's a lockout, it's a shame. Everybody's making money but everybody wants more money, and wouldn't you? And that's the way it works. It's too bad.
"It's hard to believe we're going to miss hockey for two months."
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said he plans to talk to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on the weekend before the two are scheduled to resume negotiations on the hardcore issues on Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto.
If there is going to be a lockout — and Bettman has said the owners will take that course of action if no new CBA is reached on or before Sept. 15 — it will likely happen because of disagreements on economics.
Hockey matters, Fehr said, have led to some harmony.
-With files from Terry Koshan