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Bettman leaving most owners in the dark?

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08:38 AM ET 10.30 | Central to the plot of this lockout, Gary Bettman remains a lightning rod as speculation of a cancelled Winter Classic looms. Does the commissioner still have a clear head to get the best deal possible for all 30 owners, or is he too bitter and jaded after close to 20 years on the job to think clearly? Worse is the perception that only three people control all the power and information when it comes to the future of the NHL, that a new deal hinges solely on Bettman, Bob Batterman (lead counsel for the NHL) and Jeremy Jacobs. ... Everyone else is on the outside looking in when it comes to power in the league. Ask many NHL owners outside of this small circle and if they answer truthfully they'll tell you they know as much of what's going on as you or me.

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October 30, 2012  08:46 AM ET

First, Bros.

October 30, 2012  09:19 AM ET

"Bettman leaving most owners in the dark?"

Pretty sure the Butt-plug can't reach the light switch...

October 30, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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"Bettman leaving most owners in the dark? "Pretty sure the Butt-plug can't reach the light switch...

LOL. And .... where is Brian Burke when he needs him?

October 30, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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"Bettman leaving most owners in the dark?"

Pretty sure the Butt-plug can't reach the light switch...

hahaha - Low blow Stranger....

October 30, 2012  09:51 AM ET

Ask many NHL owners outside of this small circle and if they answer truthfully they'll tell you they know as much of what's going on as you or me.
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And if they answer anything, Bettman will fine them.

October 30, 2012  09:53 AM ET

Bettman leaving most NHL owners in the dark.

And here I was thinking it was Sandy...

October 30, 2012  09:55 AM ET

Sandy was only a Category 1 Hurricane, but Bettman is a category 5 Hurricane cause he is ruining our beloved game forever.

October 30, 2012  09:59 AM ET
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Sandy was only a Category 1 Hurricane, but Bettman is a category 5 Hurricane cause he is ruining our beloved game forever.

more like a "Black Hole".....has sucked the life out of hockey....what a shame.....

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October 30, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

more like a "Black Hole".....has sucked the life out of hockey....what a shame.....

I'll be very surprised if he comes out of this mess unscathed.

October 30, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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He has to...proof of it is when Bettman shot down the NHLPA's 3 proposals in record time.

Speaking of shooting.

October 30, 2012  11:17 AM ET
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Bettman leaving most NHL owners in the dark.And here I was thinking it was Sandy...

Did Fehr tell the players that they will lose their 2nd paycheck this week?

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October 30, 2012  12:02 PM ET
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Did Fehr tell the players that they will lose their 2nd paycheck this week?

LIkely not as that would go against what he wants. He showcases the Cros and Ovie for the public, but it's the guys whos paycheques that are "only" a mill or less that are the ones who are going to start freaking out. Those guys need their paycheques just like the rest of us

October 30, 2012  12:03 PM ET
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Another crap article from a former player. As if Nick Kypreos has a clue what's going on on the ownership side.

Thank god you do.

October 30, 2012  12:13 PM ET
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LIkely not as that would go against what he wants. He showcases the Cros and Ovie for the public, but it's the guys whos paycheques that are "only" a mill or less that are the ones who are going to start freaking out. Those guys need their paycheques just like the rest of us

Yes, and on the flip side, MANY of the owners actually DO like getting that revenue that comes from, you know, playing the games. While Bettman and his ilk can state that some owners are better off with NO NHL season (and funny enough, those owners really shouldn't have been given teams by ... you guessed it - Bettman - in the first place) there are MANY owners who will start missing that revenue from tickets, concessions, parking and the like. So yeah, some players will be hurting, but so too will some owners. Of course, Gary doesn't care about those owners apparently.....

October 30, 2012  12:15 PM ET
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Another crap article from a former player. As if Nick Kypreos has a clue what's going on on the ownership side.

He's clearly more connected than you are. But then, you're nothing more than an ownership yes-man. You don't actually understand any of the issues (if you did, you wouldn't be 100 percent behind the owners) but you simply say whatever Bill and Gary say. You're like a sheep from Animal Farm. Two legs baaaad. Four legs goooood.

Keep it up, ewe.

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October 30, 2012  01:18 PM ET
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Yes, it's always enlightening to be scoffed at by a immature twit who thinks the username michael p hunt is clever and witty. How old are you skippy, 13?Here's what I understand about this lockout;The owners told the players last year that the 57% of the HHR they were currently receiving was not going to happen in the next CBA. The owners first offer was for somewhere around 42%. Obvious a low ball offer and no one expected that they wouldn't move up some from there to their goal of a 50/50 split.The NHLPA came in with their first offer of basically keeping the existing deal in place with little or no modifications. They also tried (with some success) to win the P.R. battle by offering to continue playing under the current (not anymore) agreement knowing that was not going to happen.After a period of inactivity the NHL responded with an offer of a 50/50 split and all current contracts made whole. While there might have been a few points in the proposal that were less than attractive to the players it was seen as a reasonable offer that had a framework that could be worked to satisfy everyone.The NHLPA responds with 3 proposals, none of which are being made available, even on the NHLPA website, that they claim are all 50/50 deals. the owners immediately recognize that the offers are nothing of the sort. Apparently the first of the 3 proposals started with an increase in the players share before starting to shrink to an eventual 50/50 split in 5 years. The other two weren't much better from the owners point of view.So here we are. The owners have moved significantly from their original offer and the players continue to stick to their game plan of no negotiation, torching this season, winning the public relations battle and forcing the owners to cave in. Those of us who are familiar with Donald Fehr saw this coming when he signed on to lead the NHLPA.BTW, if you think Nick Kypreos has the inside scoop an what the owners are thinking you are dumber than your posts would indicate.

Bravo....concise and to the point.......:>)...

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