The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons offers many lockout-related thoughts in his Sunday column, but his main thrust involves the fact that while both the NHL and NHLPA shoulder blame for the third lockout of a certain owners' commissioner's regime, the true Chairman of the Board has clearly mastered the villain's role:
Almost every time Gary Bettman opens his mouth, I have this tendency to want to slam my fist right into it.
And I’m not, in any way, what you’d call a violent person.
It’s his way, his voice, his condescension, his verbal cadence, his don’t-you-understand-I’m-the-smartest-man-in-the-room vibe that makes him so impossible to believe or trust.
So here we are again, held hostage by the NHL boss for the third time — a distinguished record of most work stoppages by one commissioner — with an absolutely unnecessary lockout, his league with record revenues, the players with record high salaries, fighting over increments and percentages. And this...