08:32 AM ET 09.24 | Gary Bettman came down hard on the Red Wings going into the weekend, leveling a reported $250,000 fine after Jim Devellano referred to the players and other league employees as "cattle." To the fans, [Bettman] said figuratively that he is a just and even-handed authority of the league, willing to dispense punishment to anyone on his side of the fence if they take a shot at the players. ... Bettman needs to build at least some trust with the fans. Giving the appearance of coming down hard on one of his own will not hurt in that regard. No one should feel too badly for the Red Wings. Chances are that $250,000 may never make its way to the league office.