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Hate Towards Bettman Unites NHL Players

from Adian Dater of All Things Avs, 

This is a sad story with no winners, but the tagline of the story is this: the players in the NHL are sick and tired of Gary Bettman, and they will sacrifice their greater financial good to drive this man out of their game.

That’s how much they hate him.

It really has come to this awful juncture, an irreconcilable difference in the minds of the players that they must defeat Bettman at all costs. I have spent the last couple months or so in regular contact with a wide number of players, and this is what it has come down to – sadly.

NHL players are a unique breed. They can lose a fight with dignity, but they never forget and they always try to even the score eventually. They lost and lost big to Bettman in 2005. They admitted it and said there were no hard feelings after their year-long fight that cost the whole season over monetary issues.

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Oh boy.  I hope this isn’t true but the lack of movement from the players gives makes this article somewhat believable. It would be nice if the NHL recognized the ass stomping they gave the players last time around and made some concessions Bettman won’t do that.

Posted by tbassett on 09/29/12 at 09:48 AM ET

MNWing's avatar

What a coincidence, it unites fans too…..

Posted by MNWing on 09/29/12 at 10:23 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

...knocking that smirk off his face that’s been there the last seven years.

I think that’s the thing that both players and fans hate about the Garden Gnome. He shows up at a rink, gets booed by everyone in the place and his response is that stupid smirk of his. And I’m guessing it’s on full display at every meeting he has with Fehr.

It’s arrogance of the highest order. And it simply pisses people off. He knows that – and he revels in it.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/29/12 at 10:42 AM ET


Sounds like the stress is getting to some of the players. This is just Dater and labor wailing and whining. The last time Chelios threatened to kill Bettman and gas him. This is nothing new.

Posted by timbits on 09/29/12 at 11:08 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The last time Chelios threatened to kill Bettman and gas him.

LOL, forgot about that move by Cheli

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/29/12 at 02:27 PM ET

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