Found November 29, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, Gary Bettman is everything Canadian hockey fans revile. He is not a hockey guy but he is the worst kind of empty suit: a corporate lawyer from New York. In two decades on the job, he's yet to demonstrate a passion or love for this game which is so deeply embedded in our national psyche. And, when you come right down to it, there's something inherently unlikable about the little man. Oh, yes. One other thing. Under Bettman's watch, the NHL is currently enduring its third major work stoppage of the last 18 years. Short of putting a Darth Vader helmet on him, you couldn't cast a better villain for this piece. But, while it's kind of fun to make Bet-tman the target of all our derision and scorn - OK, it's a lot of fun - it misses the point. The issue, and be prepared to be pummelled with the obvious here, concerns the divide that exists between the NHL's wealthiest teams and its poorest. continued

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Gary Bettman Thinks NHL Players Are Stupid

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Report- What The Players Want With The Owners Sit-Down

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Hump Day links... Just give me my hockey now!

English: NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman in 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Well there are quite a few news stores of note this morning in the college and professional hockey world. The NHL Labor mess continues on and is proving to be an absolute gong show and it appears that there is little evidence that a solution is forth coming. Like my friend Chris Wassel said...

Four Out Of Thirty Thoughts

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Short Or Cancelled Season?

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, Most hockey insiders believe the league won’t wait as long as it did in 2004-2005, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declared on Feb. 16, 2005, that the plug was being pulled. More likely, the season would be canned this time in January, an arbitrary deadline that is fast approaching, after the latest effort, mediation, got nowhere...

HockeyBuzz Hotstove: The Hotstove: Should Owners and Players Meet?

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NHL owners, players agree to meet

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Jeremy Jacobs: NHL Public Enemy #1

The NHL lockout seems to be dragging on and on and the end doesn’t appear to be in sight. Commissioner Gary Bettman is usually the target for both players and fans voicing their displeasure with the lockout. However, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs has seemed to come across as worse than Bettman and making it [...]

The doomsday clock continues to tick toward the inevitable cancelation of the 12-13 season

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