Found October 31, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
Regarding criteria for selecting teams for the Winter Classic: “An important element of doing the Winter Classic is obviously the national TV ratings, so we have to be comfortable that whatever matchup we’re going to do will do a good number,” Bettman said. Regarding players reporting that there is a painkiller problem in the NHL: “I don’t know the answer to that. The counselors who monitor these things for us tell us they don’t think it’s a problem that’s widespread. We are a cross section of society, so we’re not immune to societal problems.” continued with more from Bettman on issues of realignment, the CBA and Brendan Shanahan. (From Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, via The Republic)  

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