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A 'more approachable' Bettman

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08:18 AM ET 01.02 | Gary Bettman said late Tuesday that the league wasn't focused on the "disclaimer of interest" looming over lockout talks. While every player could theoretically become a free agent, able to sell his services to the highest bidder, they could be heading into chaos, given the enormous differences in wealth between the league's 10 richest teams and the other 20. ... Word trickled out Tuesday from some players that Bettman and his negotiating team seemed a little more approachable in this session, although there were a couple of unexpected hiccups on the topic of pensions. Indeed, it was a rare move in the players' direction by the owners last week in a new offer that re-started the talks, which broke off in anger on Dec. 13.

The Globe and Mail

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January 2, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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Would somebody be so kind as to approach him with an uzi?

I was going to suggest a paving truck or a bulldozer

January 2, 2013  10:00 AM ET
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I was going to suggest a paving truck or a bulldozer

I was thinking a rotary tiller

January 2, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Would somebody be so kind as to approach him with an uzi?

rabid wolverine?

January 2, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Maybe it's his New Year's resolution to be a friendlier, more approachable tyrant of all things evil.

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January 2, 2013  10:24 AM ET
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rabid wolverine?

Plenty of those in Ann Arbor this morning.

January 2, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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I wish his resolution was to drink a quart of Liquid Plumber

LOL. Your New Year's resolution was to be more understanding, while still fighting clogs?

January 2, 2013  10:27 AM ET
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I wish his resolution was to drink a quart of Liquid PlumberNitrogen

Fixed

January 2, 2013  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Plenty of those in Ann Arbor this morning.

and here too...how the heck did they lose that game?

January 2, 2013  10:42 AM ET
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LOL. Your New Year's resolution was to be more understanding, while still fighting clogs?

well, clogs in Bettman anyway

January 2, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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I was going to suggest a paving truck or a bulldozer

I'm more a concrete shoes type of guy, but I get the meaning here.

January 2, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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and here too...how the heck did they lose that game?

I'm still thinking that was a helmet to helmet hit, but they didn't call it. I mean how else does it go flying off his head like that.

January 2, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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I'm still thinking that was a helmet to helmet hit, but they didn't call it. I mean how else does it go flying off his head like that.

I think you're right.

January 2, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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I was thinking a rotary tiller

A wood chipper would work nicely too.

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January 2, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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I wish his resolution was to drink a quart of Liquid Plumber

Does Liquid Plumber work on ****?

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January 2, 2013  11:42 AM ET

Hehehe. If at first you don't succeed .....!

 
January 2, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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Would somebody be so kind as to approach him with an uzi?

A pink slip from the owners would suffice for me.

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