While many are quick to blame Gary Bettman for the third lockout under his regime, the blame lies equally with the owners as well. Over 50% of owners in the NHL barely break even or lose money, and they have no qualms with locking out the players. These owners lose less money with a lockout than they do while the season is in full swing.
James Dolan is not one of these owners.
While many may think that Dolan wanted this lockout to help line his own pockets, they couldn’t be further from the truth. There are several reasons why he did not want this lockout. In fact, I’m willing to bet that the vote for a lockout was only unanimous because Dolan was a reluctant participant to show his support for his fellow owners.
Note: This is speculation on my part. I have no proof whatsoever if this is the case.
The most obvious reason why Dolan did not want a lockout is because the Rangers are pretty good. Like Stanley Cup contender good. The addition of Rick Nash for what amounts to bottom-six p...