Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Bettman Not Talking But McNall Is

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“He’s the little guy from New York who came from basketball,” said (Bruce) McNall. “If he was packaged a different way, it would be a whole different ballgame. He tends to get a little bit of the raw end of the deal because of that alone.

“Remember Gary is ultimately responsible to the owners and they are going to ultimately dictate what he does and doesn’t do. In the case of the lockout, remember a very small handful of teams made any money the last several years. Even the Kings didn’t make any money, even winning the Cup. So there wasn’t a lot of motivation for the owners – other than in the Canadian cities and a handful of the East Coast teams – to want to play. It was almost cheaper to lock the doors.

“So getting a 10-year deal, they were looking for a long-term deal to get something to stabilize things for the long term. Sad as it is, that’s the nature of the beast – and therefore, I think he accomplished the job they were looking for. In a way, it’s easy to blame Gary because fans only look to what they know and what they see. Either it’s greedy players – and they can’t understand why they’re making millions of dollars and it’s never enough – or it’ll be greedy owners – and they’re making millions of dollars and that’s never enough. I think it’s too simplistic to look at it that way. I think he did a pretty good job in all that.”

more on Bettman plus more hockey topics...

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: gary+bettman

Comments

Avatar

Why should I believe anything a criminal says?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/01/13 at 12:29 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

because MAYBE just maybe he has learned from his criminal past?

BUT that would spoil you’re ability to blame Bettman now wouldn’t it?

Posted by Evilpens on 02/01/13 at 12:58 PM ET

Avatar

How much blame Bettman should take for everything is debatable, but I would despise the little garden gnome a lot less if they would do away with the Commissioner title and just start calling him the head of the NHL Owner’s association like he really is.

Posted by Valek from Chicago on 02/01/13 at 01:36 PM ET

wolverine's avatar

other than in the Canadian cities and a handful of the East Coast teams – to want to play. It was almost cheaper to lock the doors.

This is when I stopped reading the article.  Yeah, Detroit and Chicago don’t make any money…The biggest money losers are the suck hole teams Gary brought in himself.  That’s where he should be judged.  Getting rid of teams in Quebec and Winnipeg -  not having another team in Toronto - it’s been a major fail since day one.  Rumor has it that in the early 90’s, Stern was getting worried about the popularity of the NHL.  When McNall came calling for help, Stern threw him an anchor.  Smart guy.

Posted by wolverine on 02/01/13 at 03:03 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Why should I believe anything a criminal says?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 02/01/13 at 11:29 AM ET

Because his status as a criminal is irrelevant as to whether or not his statements are true?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 02/02/13 at 12:44 AM ET

Add a Comment

Please limit embedded image or media size to 575 pixels wide.

Add your own avatar by joining Kukla's Korner, or logging in and uploading one in your member control panel.

Captchas bug you? Join KK or log in and you won't have to bother.

Smileys

Notify me of follow-up comments?

Feed

Most Recent Blog Posts

About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

image

image