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In The Neutral Zone:
From: Paul Schneider An average hockey fan Evanston, IL. To: Gary Bettman, Commissioner, NHL 1185 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036 Dear Mr. Bettman, I started writing this letter about a year ago to complement you on your stellar record as the league’s first commissioner. During your administration, [...]
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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
Let’s face the truth, folks: Gary Bettman has become hockey’s worst enemy.
Bettman is now the author of three lockouts and the disastrous expansion into the Sun Belt, egomaniac, a man who would rather destroy the National Hockey League than form a workable partnership with the players. Under his watch, the NHL has already lost...
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland retweeted a really bad message from a Twitter follower and later apologized for doing so.
As Glendale, Arizona City Council convenes to vote on a restructured lease agreement between potential buyer Greg Jamison and the municipality, the future of the Coyotes in the Copper State is very much up in the air and it’s about time that Gary Bettman admits that hockey in Phoenix just won’t work out. But why won’t Bettman let [...]
Chicago forward Dave Bolland. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Dave Bolland, a forward for the Chicago Blackhawks, appears to be the latest professional athlete to make a questionable decision on Twitter. What did he do? Well, he apparently retweeted a tweet from a fan who was calling for the death of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who has long been the target of fans’ ire, especially...
Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland got a lot of heat on Friday when he retweeted one of his fan’s tweets on Twitter that read “Can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?” The tweet is referring to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who cancelled more games into the NHL season as the lockout continues to go on.
Bolland later deleted the retweet and apologized for his actions...
David Bolland has demonstrated on more then one occasion during his NHL career he isn’t the brightest of players. Whether it’s his cheap hits and stupid penalties on the ice or even more so what he says off it. Last year he decided to call the Sedin twins “sisters” in an epic rant that made absolutely no sense. So when it comes to players making stupid comments towards...
Dear NHL fans, in order to give you less to be thankful for, Gary Bettman has axed more of your favorites. Games are now cancelled through December 14 and the annual All Star Game that was to be held in Columbus was kiboshed as well.It is getting a little tiresome at this point. Bobby Ryan, who swore he was not going to take someone else's job overseas, realized the lockout...
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Brian Burke has made some recent appearances alongside Gary Bettman and Bill Daly on the NHL side of the labour negotiations, which raises some fascinating questions. Is Burke representing himself, his personal views, or the views of the ownership of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Burke is a known hardliner on the NHL’s side, a hawk on...
TORONTO -- NHL players are a step closer to dissolving their union.
NHL Players' Association members voted this week to give the union's executive board the power to file a "disclaimer of interest" until Jan. 2, The Canadian Press said Friday.
The news agency, citing an unidentified source, said the vote drew more than the two-thirds of the required support. The...
“If I was a company being courted by the NHL today, or if I was advising a company being courted, I would be concerned.” The current commissioner [Gary Bettman, commissioner since 1993] has three work stoppages under his belt.”
-Michael Neuman, managing partner for Scout Sports and Entertainment. More from Terry Lefton and Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal.
The reason there’s no agreement yet is that Gary Bettman has made promises he can’t keep. And if he doesn’t keep them and loses half an NHL season — or more — in the process, he will be out of a job that pays him $8 million a year.
That’s why there’s been little negotiation from the NHL. That’s why there’s no hockey. And that’s why there won’t be hockey...
Actions often speak louder than words. As the NHL and the players are stuck in a PR battle, it's easy for each side to spin things however they want them to appear. Actions, though, speak for themselves.
Some players made the best of the situation and helped to organize a charity game in Atlantic City, a trip that was not so convenient for many of the attendees (Henrik Lundqvist...
Seth Everett of Fox Sports and Spreecast is hosting at NHL Lockout Therapy Session at 10 PM to talk all things NHL and I, and possibly Kevin and Adam, will be on with him. Make sure you join the conversation, submit questions and get all your angst towards Gary Bettman off your chest.
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I had a conversation with an anonymous source familiar with the situation last weekend about the lockout (ahh the proverbial "anonymous source" card) and received an inside look on the state of the NHLPA and Gary Bettman. This source has worked on four NHL teams since the early 90's, including a couple expansion teams, so I also had a word about the effect this lockout...
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Erik Karlsson's one of the most electric blue line talents in the National Hockey League. So electric, in fact, Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr agreed early on to ensure that the entire world -- not just North America -- could watch the kid play.
Karlsson's been skating with Jokerit of SM-liiga in Finland during the NHL...