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Bettman Reiterates Support For Shootout As Tiebreaker

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=386468

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Why do they (Board of Governors) go out and get guys like him, who don't have one clue about hockey or their fans.

Because the majority of owners are Americans who for the most part don't have a clue about the game or it's fans. Birds of a feather fly together. ;)

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Because the majority of owners are Americans who for the most part don't have a clue about the game or it's fans. Birds of a feather fly together. ;)

True enough,,,but remember Grundman, the bowling lane owner? Molsons should have known that he didn't know anything about hockey. :angry:

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Yes, we all dislike Bettman, but the man takes far too much flak for what happens with the league. Let's not forget that he's more/less just a spokesman for the BOG, who are the ones that come up with ideas for changes and actually do the voting.

And while we may lament a lot of it, let's not forget to recognize the good things that come as well:

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/44421-Booming-hockey-numbers-proof-NHLs-Southern-expansion-paying-dividends.html

A pleasant story, no doubt.

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The NHL has instructed its general managers to conduct business as usual despite impending collective bargaining talks. Commissioner Gary Bettman wrapped up three days of meetings by telling the 30 GMs that they shouldn't operate any differently than they currently are.

Bettman indicated that increased revenues will drive the salary cap up this summer, although it might end up going back down once a new CBA is negotiated.

The current agreement expires Sept. 15.

Bettman says he's waiting for the NHL Players' Association to start talks on the new CBA.

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The current agreement expires Sept. 15.

Bettman says he's waiting for the NHL Players' Association to start talks on the new CBA.

Hello,,,,, Mr. Bettman,,,,,,,you just might want to initiate the talks with the PA. In private enterprise they start early and don't wait until the contract expires.

<shakes head at stupidity>

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Hello,,,,, Mr. Bettman,,,,,,,you just might want to initiate the talks with the PA. In private enterprise they start early and don't wait until the contract expires.

<shakes head at stupidity>

A main reason Bettman has waited is due to a number of pretty big things that have happened recently (ie. new executive director this year). They need time to get comfortably prepared for the talks. Also I think I read somewhere that not everyone is keen on talking as it provides somewhat of a distraction from the hockey still being played.

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he's ready to meet with the player's union to negotiate a new contract, but it's up to the union to decide when that might happen. Bettman said Thursday in Las Vegas that the league has been ready to bargain for months, but the union hasn't yet indicated that it's ready.

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I think the PA is waiting till after the season so that it's members are all more aware and have time to be involved which is pretty tough to do during the season when teams are all over the map and on and off the ice as often as they are.

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http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=393733

You've got to give this guy credit - in all seriousness, I've got a theory that he's kind of a genius.

He's just so hateable. And I'm not talking run-of-the-mill annoying here, I'm talking full-on loathsome. It's like he goes out of his way to make the public dislike him. Which, like I was saying before, may kind of make him really smart.

Every time the league has a big controversy in the media (Phoenix Coyotes saga, headshots, and now playoff suspension rate as examples) he comes out says something annoying and makes it about him. It's no longer about Torres or Weber or even Shanahan, it's about Gary Bettman and Bettman's NHL. He's like a lightning rod for criticism.

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The Phoenix Coyotes may have a new owner, according to several media reports. FOX 10 News in Phoenix and the Phoenix Business Journal report that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is in Glendale, Ariz., to announce a tentative agreement has been struck. Bettman is expected to make the announcement before Monday's Game 5 of the Coyotes-Nashville Predators playoff series. Full Story.

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Who will it be?

Bettman's gotta go!! He has ruined and continues to ruin this league. *THREE LOCKOUTS* under his reign as commissioner!

Well we're not actually in a lockout yet and more to the point, Bettman essentially works for the BOG, if they didn't want a work stoppage there wouldn't be one. If they did, there would, regardless of who the commissioner is.

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Well we're not actually in a lockout yet and more to the point, Bettman essentially works for the BOG, if they didn't want a work stoppage there wouldn't be one. If they did, there would, regardless of who the commissioner is.

If the BOG is happy with him,,,,he will stay on as Commish,,,if there is a lockout,,,,the BOG/Owners will have to rethink his position. The way I see it is, they (the owners) have a lot to lose in this,,,,, more than the players. The players can go and play in any number of leagues, and get paid for it, or sit at home and wait it out. The owners will have an idle arena (well, most of the time). How will the Yotes fair in all of this? I don't think it is a stretch to say that if there is a lockout, Phoenix is done, and it will be on Bettmans head.

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Hate to say this, but the NHL has never really had what you call a great president/commissioner, from the very first days of the league's existence. Bettman makes Clarence Campbell look like a saint. And we all know what kind of a league president Campbell was, based on his handling of the situation with Maurice Richard.

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Well we're not actually in a lockout yet and more to the point, Bettman essentially works for the BOG, if they didn't want a work stoppage there wouldn't be one. If they did, there would, regardless of who the commissioner is.

Bingo. He's the figurehead - the name and face you can point to - for the entire board of governors. Im not saying he's doing a bang-up job but I dont think he's terrible either. He's got a smarmy, cold personality so its tough to warm up to him, but there's no doubt in my mind he's a clever businessman or he wouldnt be going into his 19th year as commissioner.

The NHLPA is not without fault in these discussions either - both sides are being hard headed and clearly trying to play chicken with the season, thinking the other side will back down in the 11th hour, but the reality is that neither may.

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