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Bettman's first instinct: Close the league

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08:21 AM ET 10.22 | In the eyes of some, Gary Bettman's work comes with a message. He is telling the Coyotes there will be no money coming into the operation. He is telling the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Flyers, Canucks and all of the NHL's economic powerhouses he would rather close up shop than negotiate over a difference of $3 million per year for those ownerships. ... But that's Bettman's history. He canceled the 2004-05 season, remember, over a hypothetical difference of $2.5 million per year per team when he rejected the NHLPA's proposal of a de-linked $45 million cap after the league proposed a de-linked cap of $42.5 million per. This isn't someone whose first instinct is to close a deal. This is someone whose first instinct is to close the league.

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October 22, 2012  08:45 AM ET

And in other news.....WGAF!!!

October 22, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Everytime I see this picture I feel the need to get out my baseball bat and club him

October 22, 2012  08:48 AM ET

BOO!!!!

October 22, 2012  08:49 AM ET

This isn't someone whose first instinct is to close a deal. This is someone whose first instinct is to close the league.

Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you.

October 22, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Everytime I see this picture I feel the need to get out my baseball bat and club him

I think a nine iron would be closer to the mark.

October 22, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Everytime I see this picture I feel the need to get out my baseball bat and club him

I'd like to pull out from under him the milk crate he's standing on.

October 22, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This isn't someone whose first instinct is to close a deal. This is someone whose first instinct is to close the league.Fool me once shame on me, fool me twice shame on you.

Fool me thrice shame on who?

October 22, 2012  09:21 AM ET

Memo to New York Post ! Gary gets his marching orders from the Owners. If the majority of his Bosses said no lock out , there would be no lock out.

October 22, 2012  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Fool me thrice shame on who?

The Arbitrator?
Speaking of whom...isn't it time one popped up somewhere in this dispute somewhere?

October 22, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Memo to New York Post ! Gary gets his marching orders from the Owners. If the majority of his Bosses said no lock out , there would be no lock out.

And they could say so Harry, without even mussing a lock of their hair.

October 22, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Memo to New York Post ! Gary gets his marching orders from the Owners. If the majority of his Bosses said no lock out , there would be no lock out.

I think you underestimate Drawfus' influence here.

October 22, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Memo to New York Post ! Gary gets his marching orders from the Owners. If the majority of his Bosses said no lock out , there would be no lock out.

You're exactly right. Just another example of the New York Post's sterling journalism. Toronto Sun and the Globe & Mail ain't got nothing on that rag. To pretend that the Dwarf gives the marching orders to the original six, Ed Snider et al is stupid, even for the Post.

October 22, 2012  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Everytime I see this picture I feel the need to get out my baseball bat and club him

I didn't know you hunted baby seals. ;)

October 22, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I didn't know you hunted baby seals. ;)

I like to keep it real

October 22, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I didn't know you hunted baby seals. ;)

Don't give baby seals a bad name. More like adult Tasmanian Devils.

October 22, 2012  10:17 AM ET

Owners' first instinct better be: Fire Bettman!

October 22, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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Owners' first instinct better be: Fire Bettman!

I think what happens is, Dwafus waves $ signs in front of the owners of the less successful franchises in the less "optimal" areas...(you know, the stupid places HE put teams into)...being the greedy types, the buy into it. The 'established" owners (NYR/MTL/PHI/BOS, etc) know better. That's why we seem to not hear anything out of that side except for League "officials". A little word from Dolan or one the others, and the league goes into "blackout" mode. They (the owners) seem to be as fractured as the NHLPA....except they can't go and buy teams in the interim....

October 22, 2012  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I didn't know you hunted baby seals. ;)

I think he'd have trouble "hunting" this.



This???? Not so much.

At least the seal doesn't get booed when it's on the ice.

October 22, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think a nine iron would be closer to the mark.

I want to go all Dexter on him

 
October 22, 2012  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

At least the seal doesn't get booed when it's on the ice.

Don't be so sure. If that baby seal isn't cute enough, we would boo it here.

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