Originally posted on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 6/15/12

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 04: Broadcasters, (L-R) Bill Clement, Don Cherry and Brett Hull speak during the intermission show of Game Four of the 2007 Stanley Cup finals between the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators on June 4, 2007 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Canada. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images for NHL)

What I remember most from this playoff run is the Senators up 3-2 in series and pulling Stone from the lineup and replacing him with a guy

— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) June 15, 2012

from Sweden who didn't contriubte one bit of blood, sweat or tears for the club.I can't imagine how Stone felt. So proud to set up Spezza

— Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) June 15, 2012

For whatever reason, Don Cherry used today as an opportunity to heave excrement on Paul MacLean's decision to insert Jakob Silfverberg, a more accomplished and polished hockey product, for Mark Stone, a player who had a resounding 8 minutes and 43 seconds of professional experience.

Despite medical evidence supporting the fact that one's vision deteriorates as they age, Don Cherry's 20/20 hindsight still seems to be working. Go figure.

With his reference to Silfverberg as 'a guy from Sweden', Don's philosophy of Canadian hegemony over the rest of the hockey world has clouded his common sense. We get that enough on Coach's Corner, but now it's apparently permeating his Twitter feed.

This argument that MacLean should have kept the game five winning roster intact just doesn't fly.

While it makes for water cooler conversation, the insertion of either Stone or Silfverberg into the lineup was such an inconsequential decision. If the Senators were really depending on either one of these players to be key contributors in either of the last two games, then they had already lost.

A head coach should always put his best lineup on the ice to give his organization the best opportunity to win and in my opinion, Paul MacLean did just that. Unfortunately for MacLean, the players and the fans, it simply didn't work out for our benefit.

Keeping that in mind, it's neglectful for Cherry to talk about Stone versus Silfverberg after what transpired in Nashville with Radulov and Kostitsyn.

If you'll recall, the two players were suspended by the Predators for breaking curfew. After the Preds eked out a game three win in their absence, Trotz held them out an additional game; electing instead to go back to their winning lineup. Ultimately, they lost game four and eventually the series but of course, this instance is not worthy of being mentioned by Cherry because Radulov (Russian) and Kostitsyn (Belarussian) don't have that maple syrup coursing through their veins.

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