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Grapes getting tired of lockouts

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Don Cherry hopes he won't be doing Coach's Corner from Columbus again.

Having waited out the National Hockey League lockout along with Bob Cole, Ron MacLean and the rest of the Hockey Night In Canada crew, Grapes is keeping an eye on the CBC's dispute with its 5,500 locked-out workers.

"The unions are doing a number on me -- and my dad was a charter member of the electricians' union in Kingston," Cherry said yesterday with a chuckle. "But I haven't heard anything (about possible fallout for HNIC plans)."

During a CBC technicians' strike in 2001, MacLean and Cherry were dispatched to Columbus to host HNIC, and were to cover the Blue Jackets if the Leafs game couldn't be aired.

"It was pretty hard talking about a play in Toronto while you could see and hear a Blue Jackets goal," Cherry said.

He also waded into the Eric Lindros debate, praising the Leafs for signing the 32-year-old, but predicting that no one can ever change the style of play that has left Lindros susceptible to injuries.


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