Don Cherry tears into Auston Matthews.
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Don Cherry tears into Auston Matthews.

Cherry doesn't hold back.

Jonathan Larivee

Over the weekend the Toronto Maple Leafs relaxed their dress code in an effort to give their players a little bit more freedom of expression. Allowing players to express more of their own personalities seems like a fine idea on the surface, but the timing of that decision could not have been worse for the Maple Leafs.

Shortly after the players showed up wearing outfits that reflected the new relaxed dress code, the team was thoroughly dominated by a Pittsburgh Penguins team that was without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter. That didn't sit so well with many old school hockey types, and there's nobody more old school than the National Hockey League's most infamous curmudgeon, Don Cherry.

On his most recent podcast Cherry let it be known how he felt about the whole situation over the weekend, with Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews getting the brunt of his wrath.

"I'd like to talk about Matthews for a minute," began Cherry on the podcast.

"Evidently it was pretty tough for him to get dressed, 10 million dollars and he can't get dressed?" yelled Cherry.

Cherry actually thought prior to the dress code change that Matthews was one of the better dressed players in the league. Cherry even went so far as to suggest that Matthews and Henrik Lundqvist topped the list of best dressed players in the past, an opinion he clearly no longer holds after this weekend.

"You see him coming in now... he's dressed... you can't say he's a slob, but it's like he's going to a barbeque or something like that and I just don't understand it, I can't understand it."

Cherry would go on to question why Matthews would push for these changes now. The former NHL head coach pointed out that things went so well for him last year that it simply doesn't make sense.

"I just don't understand, this guy had everything going for him last year and now he has to change everything," added Cherry.

I will say, there is something more than a little comical about Don Cherry criticizing anyone else's choice of fashion. Somehow though I suspect that Auston Matthews won't find much of this very funny at all.