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09-13-2009, 07:10 PM
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On D, Marty Burke can handle top pairing minutes and I can give Zhitnik the benefit of the doubt for being the #1 on a weak (aside from Hasek) Buffalo team for so long. The others aren't exactly very significant players that will be remembered years down the road.
McEwen has three Stanley Cups and was 2nd in defenseman scoring in two of the championship playoffs, scoring 14 points in 17 games and 10 points in 15 games in 1981 and 1982 Isles wins.
That was after he was in one of the best trades in NYI franchise history: March 10, 1981: Jari Kaarela and Mike McEwen traded from Colorado to NY Islanders for Glenn Resch and Steve Tambellini.
That trade came about because Don Cherry blew his cool and got physical with McEwen on the bench, which surely contributed to Cherry getting fired that season.
McEwen and Cherry: McEwen had a major fallout with then Colorado coach Don Cherry in March 1980, which led to his walking out on the team after Cherry allegedly used physical force against him on the bench. He sat out two games before returning to the team on March 16, 1980. The dispute began after Colorado's March 7, 1980, game vs. Chicago, when Cherry blamed McEwen's play for the Rockies' loss. McEwen was so offended by the comments that he refused to continue playing for Cherry and demanded a trade before the trading deadline. Colorado did not trade McEwen, so he returned home to Toronto. Colorado management questioned Cherry about the incident and then suspended McEwen without pay. The situation was later resolved during a meeting with McEwen in Hartford. It later turned out that McEwen had been asking for a trade since March 4, when he decided his playing style was incompatible with Cherry's coaching system. On March 7, Cherry, already aware of McEwen's demands, grabbed and shook McEwen after he was on the ice for a Chicago goal. He berated McEwen for staying out on the ice too long instead of coming to the bench for a change. Cherry had already expressed anger at McEwen for a practice collision with Rene Robert that ended Robert's season. McEwen felt Cherry was playing mind games with him by limiting his ice time and trying to break his confidence in the weeks after he had returned from the NHL All-Star Game. McEwen ended up being the survivor as Cherry was fired at season's end.
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