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Gary Bettman: A Cancer to the NHL

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  1. 1. Do you think Gary Bettman should be fired?

    • Yes
    • No
    • I don't care

blog-0560049001353568642.jpegOver the past week we have the seen the likes of Ian White and now, Kris Versteeg voice their displeasure not just with the lockout, but also with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. White and Versteeg have both stated that they believe that the NHL has gone down hill with Bettman at the helm. So, this has brought up the question, when the lockout finally comes to an end will we see the end to the Bettman era?

Since Bettman first took the reigns of the NHL back in 1993 the NHL has seen the players get locked out 3 times the second most of any professional sports league next to the NBA. The NHL has seen lockouts in the 1994-95 season (which saw a reduced season of 48 games), in 2004-05 which saw a cancellation to the entire season, and now this season (which as of Thursday has seen the cancellation of the first 68 days of the season).

Kris Versteeg this past Monday on TSN's radio show stated that Bettman has been a cancer to the game and that means he must go.

"You do try to look at the best case scenarios moving forward once the CBA does get done and you gotta look for the cancers and you gotta cut out the cancer."

Versteeg continues, "I think when you look at Bill Daly and Gary Bettman, they have been polluting the game for far too long"

Versteeg's comments came just days after Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White voiced his opinion about Bettman, being a little more blunt about the Commissioner stating, "I personally think he's an idiot"

White, continued saying, "since, he's come in he's done nothing, but damage the game."

Versteeg also believes that those who have suffered while Bettman has been in charge are the fans. "The fans have been left with too many bad tastes in their mouths for too many year and I think when this is all said and done it will be a good time to finally make that happen."

It is no secret that Bettman is not liked by fans of the game. Bettman is regularly booed at games by fans. Some die-hard Bettman haters have even started websites voicing their displeasure with the Commissioner and the hopes of his firing. These sites incude www.firebettman.com and www.garybettmansucks.com, which have brought fans together to talk about... well I'm sure you get the picture. What may also infuriate fans and players alike is the fact that over the past eight years Bettman's salary has more than doubled to over $7,500,000; money paid to him by the NHL.

The hate for Bettman has even gone so far as people suggesting that he no longer hand out the Stanley Cup or the Prince of Wales Trophy (awarded to the winner of the Eastern Conference) and the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl (awarded to the winner of the Western Conference) because fans tend to boo Bettman instead of recognizing the winners who deserve the celebration.

In all it seems that Bettman is obviously not a well liked man and being in the driver seat of the NHL lockout is not helping his popularity. Although, many hope that Bettman will be replaced following a resolution to the lockout, until then those not pleased with his actions will have to continue to live with this so-called "cancer" until it can be removed.

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Gary Bettman should not be able to leave his house without being pelted with insults, fecal matter, sticks, stones, pianos, kitchen sinks, etc..etc... The guys that have spoken out are not doing the negotiations any favors but they are voicing the opinions of over 90% of the players and fans. Bottom line, Gary Bettman is detrimental to the game of Hockey. He always has been and he always will be. His negatives will FOREVER outweigh any of the positives he has done for the game.

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@flyerrod well when you're right you're right. People argue that the NHL is now profiting billions of dollars and thinking, "oh Bettman is in charge of the league it must be because of him". No, the game is growing by itself, not by those behind the scenes watching it. The NHL has lost more games than any major sports league in the past 20 years and it's not because he cares about everyone else.

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I disagree, the game has not grown by itself. Bettman is a puppet for the owners. Since Bettman was hired league revenues have increased from $400 million to over $3.0 billion.

Is he hated, sure, and if he wins this lockout I don't see the owners firing him. Could he resign allowing Daly to take over, sure.....but the gameplan will stay the same.

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