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Preds F blasts Bettman: 'I obviously don't like him'

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08:18 AM ET 12.14 | Given the chance to back away from comments critical of Gary Bettman -- such as: "I really don't enjoy him." -- Colin Wilson stood firm. On his feelings toward Bettman conveyed to the Winnipeg Sun ... "Obviously me being on the players side of the thing, I obviously don't like him. I don't think there's any player who's going to say, 'I'd love to have a beer with that guy.' I think he's there and he's there to take rights away from players and money away from players, so I'm not going to be on his side or anything like that. In terms of that I certainly don't like him. I don't think it's on a personal level ... yet or anything like that. It certainly could be."

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December 14, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Why they interview these guys and set them up with this drivel is beyond me. What do they expect? "Oh I've always wanted Gary to be the best man at my wedding and Bill Daly the godfather of my first child". Meaningless, useless, unhelpful to anybody. And they killed a tree to print this. Just in........Jeremy Jacobs doesn't like Don Fehr. Wow! I didn't know that.

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December 14, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Colin Wilson sounds like a golfer's name.He should play for the Leafs.

Give it a year or 2, and he might Danny.

I don't get the need for this waffle though, why bother the players with trying to put to words their personal and professional attitudes towards Bettman? are they expecting someone to gush sympathy for him?

sheesh!

December 14, 2012  08:48 AM ET

They are arguing over our money. They are all so greedy. Don't be one of Bettman's sheep

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Just-Drop-It/480181678699361

December 14, 2012  08:49 AM ET

'I obviously don't like him'

What a coinkydink. Neither do I.

December 14, 2012  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why they interview these guys and set them up with this drivel is beyond me. What do they expect? "Oh I've always wanted Gary to be the best man at my wedding and Bill Daly the godfather of my first child". Meaningless, useless, unhelpful to anybody. And they killed a tree to print this. Just in........Jeremy Jacobs doesn't like Don Fehr. Wow! I didn't know that.

I was thinking the same thing.
I would also add that it is kind of, in the words of Caribou Barbie, "gotcha" stuff.
I will further add that I wonder if they would print if anyone said, 'yeah, he's okay...he (Dwarfus) is just doing his job".....I do so hate party line crap.....

December 14, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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'I obviously don't like him' What a coinkydink. Neither do I.

Nor the thousand of fans, on and off ice staff, trainers, doctors, players, and business that benefit from the games played.

Funny that.

December 14, 2012  09:34 AM ET

"Colin Wilson stood firm ... "Obviously .... I don't like him. I don't think there's any player who's going to say, 'I'd love to have a beer with that guy.' "

Colin ... who? This is laughable! You're nothing but a bug splatter on the windshield of Betman's car. Most likely he's never heard of you. But then, the same is true of the Fehrer. Most likely doesn't know who you are or gives a care unless you're making upward of 5 mil per.

December 14, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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'I obviously don't like him'What a coinkydink. Neither do I.

Does anyone?

December 14, 2012  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why they interview these guys and set them up with this drivel is beyond me. What do they expect? ...... Meaningless, useless, unhelpful to anybody. And they killed a tree to print this.

What else are they supposed to do with their time? They still want to get paid and, since they know so little about the game itself .... this is what you can expect to get. Let's face it, most papers swept this whole hockey thing into the basement where it will lay forgotten for a long time.

December 14, 2012  09:49 AM ET
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Colin Wilson sounds like a golfer's name.

He should play for the Leafs.

You just irked Burke.

December 14, 2012  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Why they interview these guys and set them up with this drivel is beyond me. What do they expect? "Oh I've always wanted Gary to be the best man at my wedding and Bill Daly the godfather of my first child". Meaningless, useless, unhelpful to anybody. And they killed a tree to print this. Just in........Jeremy Jacobs doesn't like Don Fehr. Wow! I didn't know that.

I'm thinking "ring bearer" Slappy.



Thanks for the setup......

December 14, 2012  09:58 AM ET

I opened this article thinking "blast" meant a tick more than "I don't like him". Can we at least 'yo mama' joke so this isn't such a complete waste of time?

December 14, 2012  10:14 AM ET

Ridiculous league - period.

Any major sports league that has choked the life of their game twice within 8 years doesn't deserve attention anymore. These guys (BOTH sides) have absolutely no clue about reality. They wonder why this sport is the little sister to MLB, NFL,NBA?? Their labour history is horrific.

The NFL is the model for all team sports leagues in America, they know it. How did their last CBA go? They got the job done, realizing there was simply too much at stake to sacrifice fan's loyalty and good faith. The season opened without a bhitch, everyone happy.

The NHL will only learn when die-hard fans stay away. Will they? No, because we are lemmings. However, wouldn't it be sweet if players (and owners) returned to see a season's worth of nightly attendance at around 7,500? That would jolt all these morons back into reality. We (the working stiffs) are paying hundreds of bucks to see a game for what? There are far too many clubs, affecting overall talent, the style of play is agonizingly boring.

The league has managed to suck, twist, manipulate all the life out of the game, and we keep going back. I won't even watch a game on TV when they declare "Game On!!!" and wait for the droves of zombies to fill seats again and fill their coffers. Junior hockey has done a great job filling my void, players with passion and a much more exciting game where everyone isn't playing the trap and coasting on 2 million dollar/seasons 2-way contracts.

December 14, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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You just irked Burke.

yeah....everyone knows they don't even THINK about golf till mid March!!!

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December 14, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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The NFL is the model for all team sports leagues in America, they know it. How did their last CBA go? They got the job done, realizing there was simply too much at stake to sacrifice fan's loyalty and good faith. The season opened without a bhitch, everyone happy.

Comparing the NFL to the NHL...you should know better!

December 14, 2012  10:22 AM ET

Clearly an Anti-Semite!

December 14, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Don't worry, Colin, I doubt Bettman is a beer swilling type of guy.

 
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