The Skate Podcast: Don Cherry sees a little Orr in Charlie McAvoy

October 10, 2019 - 9:47 am

The Bruins are banking on Charlie McAvoy being the foundation of their defense for years to come after signing the restricted free agent to a three-year contract extension with a $4.9 million average annual value during training camp.

If there’s someone who knows great defensemen, it’s Hockey Nigh in Canada’s legendary analyst Don Cherry, who coached Bobby Orr and Brad Park with the Bruins and has seen all the greats from his years in the broadcast business.

Cherry joined co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman on The Skate Podcast (subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and anywhere you get your podcasts), and he gave plaudits to the Bruins 21-year-old.

“Well he’s got a little bit of Orr in him, Cherry said. “I mean nobody’s like Bobby Orr. Bobby Orr’s the greatest hockey player who ever played. But he handles the puck well, he gets the puck out, he doesn’t get beat too often. And I like him, I think he’s one of the best defensemen in the league. Just that he doesn’t get the publicity like Doughty and those guys do.”

Of course, McAvoy might not be in uniform right now for the Bruins if it wasn’t for general manager Don Sweeney getting the deal done. In addition to signing McAvoy, Sweeney signed RFA defenseman Brandon Carlo for two years at an AAV of $2.85 million, and kept most of the Bruins’ 2019 Eastern Conference championship roster together under the NHL salary cap.

“I have to say, I have to give congratulations to Sweeney for paying the guys,” Cherry said. “He sure signed some at a great price. I mean McAvoy, how he ever got McAvoy to sign for $5 million [$4.9 million>, I mean if that had been on the Leafs here, the way McAvoy plays he would’ve been getting $8 million. So Sweeney’s doing a great job and it looks like everybody wants to play in Boston, that’s why they get a good price.”

Cherry also talked about his continued love for Boston and the Bruins, what he thinks about Bruce Cassidy and Brad Marchand, and the role toughness plays in teams being able to win the Stanley Cup.

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