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by Alanah McGinley on 03/19/11 at 06:45 PM ET
From Cathal Kelly at the Toronto Star:
Bettman takes a ridiculous amount of stick for what he doesn’t know about hockey. He may have known nothing about it when he took the job, you know, 18 years ago. Let’s drop this snobbish pose that only a Canadian raised in the game can ever appreciate it.
Right now, by his actions, no one is proving a better defender of the NHL’s century old traditions than Bettman. The shrimp from Queens is the bulwark standing between hockey as it is and the reactionaries who want to neuter it.
What keeps getting lost in all the jabber around headshots is that few of those inside the game want radical change. And this is ‘inside’ — not to include yammering team owners and sponsors. If you’ve ever witnessed the excruciating meeting between any professional athlete and the people who sign his cheques, you understand how far away from the inner circle the moneymen stand.
Coyote Shane Doan summed up the insider philosophy the nice way: “We understand they have to take care of us, but at the same time, we choose to go out there and get hit and hit people. You understand it’s just the way it is.”
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