from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
It was 20 years ago we first proposed the creation of an NHL commissioner. But not like this. Exactly not like this.
The, ahem, brainstorm came in the wake of the 11-day April 1992 players’ strike. That was the one that the late, great Roger Neilson was blamed (along with Mark Messier’s costly shorthanded foray, pilfered and converted for a vital Penguins’ power play goal — not to forget Ron Francis from 80-feet) for keeping those Presidents’ Trophy Rangers from ending The Drought at 52 years.
That suggestion came when John Ziegler was NHL president, about to be deposed for being caught by surprise by that short strike. Ziegler was succeeded by Gil Stein, whose good intentions immediately were negated and deposed by Hall of Fame overambition, while the NBA’s Gary Bettman was virtually unknown in hockey circles.
The idea proposed here was that an NHL commissioner should be “The Decider”, the tie-breaking third vote in a triumvirate w...