There is more to Don Cherry’s public criticism of his new bosses than a simple complaint about the time allotted to Coach’s Corner.

Last Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada, Cherry growled at sidekick Ron MacLean’s prompting that time was too short for one of the subjects Cherry wanted to discuss. “Why are we tight? Why are we tight?” Cherry snapped. It was, to some, the first open sign that Cherry may be unhappy under Sportsnet, the new proprietor of HNIC, which has reduced the airtime and influence over the show that he enjoyed when it was produced by the CBC.