EuroVision: Cherry frowns on NHLers overseas

“I don’t blame the Europeans for going to play in Europe,” Don Cherry tweeted a few days ago, “but you millionaires you’re supposed to be a union. Stay together and fight the good fight on this side of the ocean instead of going over and taking jobs from some poor guy trying to make a living.”

The Canadian hockey icon continued this argument on Wednesday:

Cherry’s stance on locked-out North Americans should surprise no one familiar with his point of view (a group that includes every Canadian with access to a television set), but leave it to Mike Weber – a 24-year-old Pittsburgh native with 132 NHL games under his belt – to respond.

According to, the Buffalo Sabres defenceman made $900,000 in 2011-12 and would be paid $1 million in 2012-13, the final year of his two-year deal.

Sick save by HC Dinamo Minsk’s Lars Haugen (KHL):

Safe at home, Jaromir Jagr is owning the Czech Extraliga’s Kladno, both literally and figuratively. The veteran forward now has eight points in four games playing for the team he bought, a club that’s getting a silly boost from the Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec (11 points in four games) and the New Jersey Devils’ Marek Zidlicky (three points in four games).

The duo of Rick Nash and Joe Thornton continue to shine for HC Davos. The Rangers’ new prize, Nash, had a mellow four points in his debut (a hat trick plus a helper). And in Game 2 on Wednesday, Thornton scored the shootout winner for Davos. The stars’ adopted Swiss A club is undefeated since re-signing Nash and Thornton.

Watch the highlights here.

Highlights from Cali-Slovenian Anze Kopitar’s four-point debut in Sweden (via Slovenian newscast):

Alex Semin is enjoying the kind of warm welcome that has eluded him on this side of the pond:

And Tyler Seguin is just getting his legs back: