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Gary Bettman became NHL commissioner on February 1, 1993, and has been in this position for almost 20 years. Under Bettman, the league has seen three work stoppages, but also unparalleled growth. While many believe the league over expanded in the Bettman era, it’s worth evaluating each move/relocation to see where the faults/successes were.
There were six new teams added to the league under Bettman’s reign –keep in mind that San Jose (1991), Ottawa (1992), and Tampa Bay (1992) all joined the league before Bettman took over as commissioner, so they are omitted from this evaluation– and five relocations. The grades (Pass or Fail) are based on both team success and financial success.
1993 – Anaheim Mighty Ducks enter league
It took the Ducks three years to make the playoffs following expansion to Anaheim, and they even made it to the second round in 1996 before losing to the Red Wings. Following the acquisition of Scott Niedermayer and (re)acquisition of Teemu Selan...
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Hockey fans are getting angry, and they’re not afraid to let NHL commissioner Gary Bettman know it. On Wednesday, the league and the Players’ Association met for another round of negotiations, reportedly making an insubstantial amount of progress. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was originally scheduled to address the media after the session, but instead Bettman himself came...
Hockey fans are getting angry, and they're not afraid to let NHL commissioner Gary Bettman know it.
On Wednesday, the league and the Players' Association met for another round of negotiations, reportedly making an insubstantial amount of progress. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was originally scheduled to address the media after the session, but instead Bettman himself...
After commissioner Gary Bettman suggested that the NHL and NHLPA take a two-week break from CBA negotiations, the players wanted nothing to do with that.
Four days after Bettman’s idea was shot down, the two sides met on Monday in New York to rekindle talks in hope of salvaging some part of the 2012 season. The meeting lasted roughly two hours, and the two sides plan to meet again...
During times when hockey is ACTUALLY played, Bruins fans HATE the Montreal Canadiens like HOT FIRE.
Our Black & Gold blood just BOILS at the sights of Guy LaFleur, Patrick Roy & P.K. Subban. However, during a time of labor unrest (the fourth one under commissioner Gary Bettman), fans UNITE no matter what color the laundry is.
And Bruins fans have to LIKE how...
Bettman says business is losing $18-20 mil per day. Says players are losing between $8-10 mil per day.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) November 21, 2012
Bettman says PA "expects our best offer to get better" despite lockout $ losses. Commish is trying to be positive though
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) November 21, 2012
The NHL lockout isn’t quite past the point of no return, but it became more than insufferable a long time ago. The players and owners continue trading places as the dinks, and it’s Erik Cole and members of the Motnreal Canadiens who is now wearing the “dink” hat.
Well, actually, he’s wearing a different kind of hat, but is no less of a dink.
TVA Sports (via LFPress.com...
While the calendar continues to turn month by month, one thing has been consistent: a lack of NHL hockey. Since the second lockout of Commissioner Gary Bettman’s tenure in the 2004-2005 season, hockey’s popularity in North America has grown exponentially. The average attendance in the NHL last year was 17,455, higher than the rival NBA, and up 1.8% from two seasons ago, while...
In his recent interview with the Winnipeg Free Press, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman reiterated one of his pre-lockout talking points that essentially attempted to justify the lockout as something the game needs. A steep reduction of the cap ceiling as well as the cap floor is not a money grab, he claimed, it's about giving every team a fair shake to put out a competitive project...
NEW YORK (AP) Jaymes Hall had a question for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman about the lockout, which already has wiped out more than a quarter of the regular season: Why not put aside the money in dispute and get back on the ice.
Hall tried to get in his question while Bettman was responding to media members outside the league's Manhattan office. When the commissioner was done...
NEW YORK — NHL labor talks broke off soon after they resumed Wednesday, with players maintaining their new proposal was a huge economic concession and commissioner Gary Bettman pretty much saying the only deal he will agree to is the one management proposed last month.
On the 67th day of a lockout that already has wiped out more than a quarter of the regular season, the sides headed...
Any optimism that a deal between the NHL and the Players Assn. might be imminent following the unions presentation of a comprehensive collective bargaining proposal Wednesday morning lasted only a few hours.
Thats all it took for the sides to meet and for the NHL to reject the proposal, in which players said they had made moves toward the NHLs stance in several areas.
We are still...
NEW YORK (AP) -- For the first time in eight days, the NHL and the players' association are back at the bargaining table to try again to reach a deal that will end the two-month old lockout.
Talks resumed on Monday, the 65th day of the lockout that has already wiped out 327 games and threatens the entire season if a settlement isn't reached soon.
After turning down a suggestion...