Found October 30, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Gary Bettman
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, One governor referred to the realignment voting as a very “selfish process” that revolved almost entirely on teams’ travel schedules. Word is commissioner Gary Bettman may very well have to push for a more complicated divisional realignment than simply moving Winnipeg to the West and bringing Detroit back east. Instead, the movement now revolves around having teams in four divisions with the playoff playdowns in each division first. Each team would play home and home games against each team outside its division. Flames president Ken King said the possibility of an All-Canadian division was “romantic but not practical.” The goal is to have this resolved at the governors’ meetings in Pebble Beach in December, and 20 of the 30 governors need to buy in to whatever the league decides. read on for additional topics like visors and skate guards…

Howard Berger: An Atypical Canadian View of Gary Bettman

NEW YORK (Oct. 29) - A sage, hardened veteran of the media that covers the National Hockey League warned me, in no uncertain terms, about attempting to write the blog you have just started to read - one that ventures to portray Gary Bettman as a credible, upstanding member of the human race. "Forget about it... you will be annihilated," my well-meaning mentor cautioned...

Report: NHL Realignment Plan 'Gaining Steam,' Could Put Bruins and Penguins in Same Division

The realignment proposal endorsed by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in June for the 2012-13 season entails switching to four "conferences." A similar format is now "gaining steam," according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports. The plan being discussed includes having the same two conferences, but with a total of four divisions. Two divisions will have eight teams...

This Topic Will Only Get Hotter

from Anthony J. SanFilippo at the Times Herald, The Flyers and bitter rival Pittsburgh Penguins are on the same team for once — and this isn’t a late Halloween hoax. The two teams are joining forces to challenge a proposal supported by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that would realign the divisions in the league beginning next season and as a result have the two team split up...

NHL realignment could result in four divisions, angry Penguins

Realignment is coming to the NHL for the 2012-13 season, because (spoiler) Winnipeg is not located in the southeast United States. How dramatic that realignment gets — the number of teams switching divisions, and the number of divisions they'll switch to — is the real question. Back in June, a Gary Bettman-endorsed plan to realign the NHL into four "conferences"...

If Gus Johnson Called a Hockey Game

This has to happen. And since Gary Bettman's in charge, it won't.

Bettman on fans booing him: ‘It may detract from a terrific moment’

On Friday night, after the St. Louis Cardinals won the 2011 World Series in Game 7, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig presented the championship trophy and MVP award. Say what you will about NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, but when he does the same at the Stanley Cup Final, he doesn't need a flippin' script. Of course, in most cases, Selig has something Bettman doesn't have...

Gary Bettman Chatter

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...

Turris Needs To Re-Think His Position

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney has dug his heels into the desert sand, saying the team “will not trade his rights under any circumstances.” It’s a prickly situation in cactus country, especially considering the league is still running the Coyotes. Gary Bettman’s unsettled Groundhog Day scenario is a column for another day, but...
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