NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will stand at a podium at some point and announce the end of his sport's latest work stoppage.
It will be the third time he has done so. The first work stoppage resulted in the loss of nearly half the 1994-95 season, the second in all of the 2004-05 season. Hopefully, the third work stoppage will result in only a slightly truncated schedule.
Afterward, maybe there should be time for some introspection at the league's headquarters. Should it be time for Bettman's nearly two-decade reign atop the league to end? Should he follow his former boss, NBA commissioner David Stern, into retirement?
Under Bettman, the National Hockey League has generated mixed results. He has tried to grow the sport nationally with expansion and relocation to new markets in the South and West, but not all of those moves have worked out. While TV revenue has never been higher under the current deal with NBC Universal, hockey exposure on the sports landscape isn't what it was a d...