Originally written on Sports-Glory  |  Last updated 11/17/12

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White is not a fan of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "I gotta be honest: I personally think he's an idiot," White told USA Today on Friday. "Since he's come in, I think he's done nothing but damage the game." This will be the third time the NHL has been locked out during Bettman's tenure, which began in 1993.  The last lockout cancelled the entire 2004-05 season. "If you think of all the moves he's made," White said, "teams that are all struggling seem to be the teams that he put in places where there's not viable markets for hockey. Three work stoppages — I don't know if he's in control of the owners or what he's saying, but I think it's only seven of the owners that have to agree on something to have something pass. You'd think it'd be at least 50%. It just doesn't seem like they're running a democratic process, if you will." The latest lockout went into effect Feb. 16 as both the league and it's players have been unable to come up with an agreement.    "The whole process has just been frustrating," White told USA Today. "I think, just where we stand now, you'd think that we're close to making a deal if they're willing to come a little bit our way. It's something that could have been done even in the summer. So it's frustrating. There's just absolutely no need to be missing games and doing this kind of damage." The players have now missed their third paycheck of the season. "This thing seems like it's just so ridiculous — what we're fighting over, what we're asking, what they're trying to get," White said. "Obviously, I'm biased towards the players, but you look at our last offer — I mean, we've agreed to come down to 50-50. Why should we have five-year limits on contracts and stuff when these are the owners that are throwing all this money out, they're signing these guys to long-term deals, they're trying to circumvent the system that they put in place last time? So they're going to blame that on us? I mean, why can't these guys act like adults and control themselves?"

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