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Gary Bettman’s NHL

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

This is Gary Bettman’s world and the rest of us are just living in it. The commissioner is master of his domain, the Stanley Cup final his vision come to life. The NHL has conquered Las Vegas, just as Bettman said it would. There may never have been a better first-year expansion operation and experience in pro sports history.

And now, Vegas is four victories away from its ultimate conquest of the NHL, the Golden Knights’ march to the final already proof enough that anyone apparently can win in this league that is conducted within Bettman’s overarching lowest-common denominator petri dish. Even, after all these years of ignominious premature ejection from the playoffs, Alex Ovechkin’s Caps.

But before we get to the hockey, which nobody, by the way, is forecasting to be memorable, successive finals in Nashville and on the Vegas strip have legitimized Bettman’s blueprint for expanding into nontraditional markets. The NHL is a phenomenon on the strip just as it is a phenomenon outside Tootsie’s. One day, maybe Beijing.

The expansion draft was rigged, all right, and if not necessarily to guarantee that the Golden Knights would thrive in their inaugural season, then to inflict pain and punish the original 30 stakeholders who had the audacity to use existing rules to construct and maintain their teams. The league never much cared for no-move clauses. Lo and behold, clubs with a large number of players with no-move clauses were immediately penalized by protection rules.

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NHLJeff's avatar

Brooks is such a curmudgeon. Becomes painful to read his dribble.

But before we get to the hockey, which nobody, by the way, is forecasting to be memorable

He acts like these teams haven’t played fantastic hockey to get where they are. What a load of BS. This guy needs to retire.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Denver on 05/28/18 at 06:42 AM ET

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