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The one intriguing question in all of this is what would happen if this meeting actually put the two sides on the path to forging an agreement?

Is there anyone out there who believes Bettman would survive as NHL commissioner if that were to happen? As the man who has been front-and center of three lockouts, Bettman and his legacy would certainly take a severe beating if that were to happen.

Which is why, I believe, Bettman made the proposal in the first place. There is far too much risk attached to it for him if this scheme were to work. Bettman likely believes it has no hope, therefore he knows there is little to lose by making the proposal.

-Ken Campbell of The Hockey News on why tomorrow's meeting won't work.  Read on for two more reasons why the meeting will be a failure.

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tuxedoTshirt's avatar

“It’s a risk for him…......that’s why I think it was HIS idea!!!  Huh?”

Great stuff Ken.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 12/03/12 at 05:32 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I’ve enjoyed Campbell’s writings for a long time, but he seems borderline paranoid here. Seems hockey writers are going stir-crazy with the lack of anything of substance to write about.

I think he gives Bettman way too much credit here. It’s as if Bettman is an overlord who controls the hockey world, and his diabolical plan is just beginning.

Campbell believes Bettman ‘allowed’ this meeting to happen, somehow knowing it will further his dastardly goals. But what if Bettman had no choice? What if he was forced to allow this meeting?

We hear of all the power people like Jacobs in Beantown wields. Well, maybe so, but there are 29 other owners, and certainly a small cabal of them could outmaneuver Jacobs. 

I have no reason for optimism at this point, but paranoid writing is still easy to pinpoint.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/03/12 at 05:44 PM ET


there are 29 other owners, and certainly a small cabal of them could outmaneuver Jacobs.

That is where the 8 of 30 clause helps insulate his power. A small group of owners can do nothing if they aren’t part or Gary and Jacob’s inner circle of eight.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 12/04/12 at 11:29 AM ET

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