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How Will Winnipeg Fans Treat Bettman?

from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

I wrote a column suggesting Gary Bettman was not evil incarnate and had actually become a friend to Winnipeg with the move of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Judging from the reaction of some of the readers, you would think I said the devil himself wasn’t all bad.

Many readers indicated they will never forgive Bettman for the fact the Jets left Winnipeg in the first place and pointed out he was only allowing the team to come back because he had no other choice.

That may be so, but it has come to light in the months since that time that Bettman was working with prospective Winnipeg owner Mark Chipman for years, had twice come close to selling him the Phoenix Coyotes, and put him on the fast track to buy the Thrashers when the Coyotes deals didn’t work out.

Chipman himself has said Bettman was the biggest driving force outside of Manitoba in the process of bringing the NHL back to Winnipeg.

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scotts0's avatar

The same way every other city does…with many, many boo birds.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 09/29/11 at 10:56 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

That may be so, but it has come to light in the months since that time that Bettman was…

...blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

The Midget is hated in every city in the league, and he’ll get booed just like he does in every city in the league. We know it. He knows it. And I think he’s reached the point where he actually gets off on it.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/30/11 at 12:43 AM ET

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Those folks with irrational dislike will boo no matter the facts. No one should expect otherwise.

Posted by timbits on 09/30/11 at 01:53 AM ET

The Hurricane's avatar

I think the fans should throw miniature marshmallows on the ice when he shows up…

Posted by The Hurricane on 09/30/11 at 02:51 AM ET

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My impression of Bettman has always been that he will do anything in his power to preserve his every idea or creation to continually satisfy his ego.  That includes his countless efforts in trying to save the Thrashers.  He’s going to get booed because it wasn’t his desire to relocate the team to Winnipeg at all.

Posted by Geno71 on 09/30/11 at 09:24 AM ET

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That includes his countless efforts in trying to save the Thrashers.  He’s going to get booed because it wasn’t his desire to relocate the team to Winnipeg at all.

Not sure I understand, so according to the owner of the Jets, Bettman worked for years to get a team in Winnipeg. But because he tried due diligence to save a team in a market, as any fan of that team would hope, he should be booed?  Ironically the fans in Atlanta don’t think he tried hard enough to keep the team there, because he tried harder in Phoenix. So maybe it makes more sense for the fans in Winnipeg to boo him for denying them the Coyotes at the same time they cheer the arrival of the Jets.

Posted by timbits on 09/30/11 at 11:25 AM ET

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