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Gary Bettman - Friend or Foe?

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What do YOU think of Gary Bettman? I have heard he has done some good things for the NHL, but I have heard people grumble about him as well. Thoughts?

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Impartial...however, he better step it up with the Isles. I want him to protect us like he did with Phoenix. Personally, I think it is time for an intervention (with the 29 other owners and Buttman) to get Wang to agree to sell the team.

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Personally I don't like Bettman

He is trying to jam hockey down the throats of the US viewership and no matter what anyone says (I am sure there are passionate hockey fans as evidenced on these and other forums), there simply isn't enough demand for the sport of hockey in relation to the "big four" major sports.

Hockey will always be runner up to basketball, football and baseball no matter how you put it.....

Taking away teams from Canadian markets to put them in American markets that do not have enough of a fan base was a dumb move.

Move Phoenix to Quebec already!

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It's just greed that feeds the machine. The teams of the south are struggling to make attendance. The stronger teams have to share revenue. NBC just threw away billions to showcase hockey. Owners want to create stronger teams, but they also want to make profits. Costs go up, scoring goes down, attendance suffers. Teams move back to lesser markets because the dollars will be there. All of this is done while Gary Bettman has sat on top. I say when is enough, enough?

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It's just greed that feeds the machine. The teams of the south are struggling to make attendance. The stronger teams have to share revenue. NBC just threw away billions to showcase hockey. Owners want to create stronger teams, but they also want to make profits. Costs go up, scoring goes down, attendance suffers. Teams move back to lesser markets because the dollars will be there. All of this is done while Gary Bettman has sat on top. I say when is enough, enough?

Luckily you guys got your team back! I was sad to see Minnesota go.....I still miss the North Stars...I was cheering for them in the '91 SCF....too bad a player with a 66 on his back was just too much for them....

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Since this year was the first Cup Ceremony in a home area in a while, I actually missed the resounding boos that Bettman normally gets.

Bettman is a clown and has done way more harm than good to the league.

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Oh! missed this one!

Here what I think of Bettman.

BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cant believe the I could hear him talk this year..

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