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NHL notes: Wagering on Cherry suit

Hockey commentator and former coach Don Cherry looks on during the 2011 CHL/NHL top prospects...

Hockey commentator and former coach Don Cherry looks on during the 2011 CHL/NHL top prospects skills competition in Toronto, January 18, 2011. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

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, Last Updated: 6:14 PM ET

You can bet that Chris Nilan, Jim Thompson and Stu Grimson were pretty steamed at Don Cherry for calling them pukes, hypocrites and turncoats, and getting no apology.

Now you can put your money where Cherry's mouth is and wager on whether one of the three former NHL enforcers will follow through on a threat to sue the Hockey Night in Canada commentator.

"Will either Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan or Jim Thomson officially file a lawsuit against Don Cherry before October 31st, 2011?" asks the prop on the betting website Bodog.ca.

The odds are: Yes, +200 (2/1) or No, -300 (1/3).

"We put it up for fun, not to make money," Adam Burns of Bodog said Thursday over the phone.

"People are actually betting on it, on both sides. Anytime there is a hot topic in sports, we'll throw up a proposition."

The Bodog folks figure there is about a 30% chance that one of the trio will sue Cherry.

"We think cooler heads will prevail," said Burns, who has watched Cherry for years but isn't necessarily a fan.

"(Cherry) is getting on edge these days and sometimes not making sense."

Grimson, Thomson and Nilan issued a statement this week that they were considering options available, including legal avenues, against Cherry, who said on Coach's Corner last week he was "disgusted" that the three former scrappers were now opposed to fighting.

PREDATORS HURTING

Nashville Predators forward Martin Erat was placed on injured reserve Thursday with an upper-body injury. Erat, 30, did not get a point last Friday, a 3-2 win over Columbus, in the club's season opener. Now in his 10th season with the Preds, Erat has 140 goals and 262 assists in 617 games.

Right winger Patric Hornqvist has been sidelined with a lower-body injury and was out of the lineup Thursday.

KUNITZ GETS NEW DEAL

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Chris Kunitz to a two-year contract extension through 2013-14, worth $3.725 million annually.

Kunitz had 23 goals and 25 assists in 66 games last season.

The 32-year-old Saskatchewan native was acquired by the Penguins in February 2009 from the Anaheim Ducks.

FOSTER TAKES REHAB STINT

Anaheim Ducks defenceman Kurtis Foster has accepted a conditioning assignment in the AHL as he recovers from surgery to address inflammation in his left thigh.

The 29-year-old had eight goals and 14 assists in 74 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season. He was dealt to Anaheim July 1 for defenceman Andy Sutton.

BRIEFLY

Mark Messier, 50, will run in the New York City marathon Nov. 6. Messier will be running for two charities, the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund and the Tomorrow's Children's Fund ... The Carolina Hurricanes have assigned defenceman Ryan Murphy to Kitchener of the OHL ... The Chicago Blackhawks have sent goalie Alexander Salak to Rockford of the AHL ... The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent forward Cam Atkinson to Springfield of the AHL ... The New York Islanders have returned forward Ryan Strome to Niagara of the OHL ... The Washington Capitals have recalled goalie Braden Holtby from Hershey of the AHL.


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