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Should Selanne be thanking Bettman (70 million times)?

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08:23 AM ET 09.25 | There are few figures in the NHL who draw a less collectively favorable reaction than Gary Bettman, and it's open season on the commissioner these days. People such as Teemu Selanne, who recently wrote on a blog that Bettman, "is certainly the NHL's most hated person." ... So, let's see here. At last count Selanne has made almost $70 million over the course of his NHL career, which began just a couple of months before Bettman took office. At that time, the NHL had revenues of about $400 million. Now they're at $3.3 billion. You'd have to be a complete dullard not to realize that Bettman had something to do with that and the subsequent pay raises Selanne received because of those increases.

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September 25, 2012  08:51 AM ET

OH NO TEEMU DON'T EAT THAT CHILI YOU KNOW WHAT IT....Nevermind too late

September 25, 2012  08:52 AM ET

I guess I am a complete dullard

September 25, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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I guess I am a complete dullard

I really expect more from The Hockey News than tripe like this...this is NYPOST territory
Okay so then to extrapolate a little bit, if Bettman is responsible for Selanne's...and by this logic...everyone else's large contracts, (Sid/Ovie/Malkin/Pariese, etc) does that make him chiefly responsible for the financial straits that teams are in? Seems to me you have to take the good and bad, right?

September 25, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I really expect more from The Hockey News than tripe like this...this is NYPOST territoryOkay so then to extrapolate a little bit, if Bettman is responsible for Selanne's...and by this logic...everyone else's large contracts, (Sid/Ovie/Malkin/Pariese, etc) does that make him chiefly responsible for the financial straits that teams are in? Seems to me you have to take the good and bad, right?

Spiny you are attempting to introduce logic to a dispute about who gets what monies. Irrationalization, name calling and catastrophizing reign supreme in this arena.

September 25, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Spiny you are attempting to introduce logic to a dispute about who gets what monies. Irrationalization, name calling and catastrophizing reign supreme in this arena.

I keep forgetting, a thousand pardons

September 25, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I guess I am a complete dullard

Dullard = blockhead - dunce - numskull - dunderhead.

Are you sure you want to defined yourself by any of those words? Those are usually reserved for our illustrious commish and his cadre of lackeys.

September 25, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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Spiny you are attempting to introduce logic to a dispute about who gets what monies. Irrationalization, name calling and catastrophizing reign supreme in this arena.

Only the irrationally insane fight over how to split truck-loads of money.

September 25, 2012  09:43 AM ET

And here I thought that his pay was based on his performance over the years.

September 25, 2012  10:18 AM ET

The crap stories just keep on coming.........

September 25, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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Dullard = blockhead - dunce - numskull - dunderhead.Are you sure you want to defined yourself by any of those words? Those are usually reserved for our illustrious commish and his cadre of lackeys.

I've been called worse so I can live with it

September 25, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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And here I thought that his pay was based on his performance over the years.

Me too.

September 25, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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And here I thought that his pay was based on his performance over the years.

Bingo! Like his skills at playing the game had nothing to do with his pay.

September 25, 2012  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bingo! Like his skills at playing the game had nothing to do with his pay.

Or inflation that had nothing to do with revenues climbing

September 25, 2012  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bingo! Like his skills at playing the game had nothing to do with his pay.

don't say BINGO...the Bishop is here

September 25, 2012  01:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Bingo! Like his skills at playing the game had nothing to do with his pay.

Gary also brought the Canadian Dollar up to US par on International money markets. He really is amazing ;-)

 
September 25, 2012  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

don't say BINGO...the Bishop is here

The Bishop endorses any activity that has entertainment value. Oh...you said BINGO. My bad.

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