Ron and Don: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are ‘a bunch of hotdogs’

Don Cherry points out the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning’s lack of physical presence to defend the high-end talent, stating that Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos shouldn’t be fighting these battles.

The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were the top team in the Ontario Hockey League this season after a remarkable 55-7-6 campaign.

They’re coming off a four-game sweep of the Saginaw Spirit in the opening round of the OHL playoffs. Game 2 of that series was an 8-0 shellacking and Don Cherry didn’t like how the Greyhounds ran up the score and showboated on several late goals.

“The Sault this year, they lost seven games [in regulation] all year. I watched them as much as I could,” Cherry said Saturday during the Coach’s Corner segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “I thought they were one of the best teams. I said they could move to the American [Hockey] League or the National Hockey League and play. Little did I know they were a bunch of hotdogs. … There’s not enough mustard in the world to cover these guys.

“Hockey gods and karma gets people like this. How could these guys do this thing to this goaltender? The poor kid, his parents are watching.”

Ron MacLean attempted to play devil’s advocate, saying “they’re kids,” to which Cherry replied: “Kids, you never do that. … Never be a hotdog and karma always comes back to get ya.”

The Greyhounds are currently waiting to see who their second-round opponent will be with that series slated to begin next week.

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