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Shanny In Charge

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Unlike the Shanahan Summit – the get-together of hockey minds Shanahan hosted during the 2004-05 lockout, leading to transformational rule changes – the RDO Camp was not Shanahan’s idea. It was NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s.

But it is Shanny’s show.

Bettman said he assigned Shanahan to run the camp with dual purposes in mind: to test ideas for improving the on-ice product at a time when it has never been better, and to give Shanahan a project that would educate him as an executive.

After all, Bettman hired Shanahan with dual purposes in mind: to tap into Shanahan’s passion for hockey and unique expertise, and to give Shanahan an experience that would be “like going to business school for him.”

While working on the game, Shanahan is researching, developing and orientating himself. Not long after he started his new job in December, Shanahan marveled at the logistics required to run a major sports league.

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SYF's avatar

Burke called Bettman, “brilliant.”

Oh boy…

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 08/17/10 at 02:47 PM ET

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“He could help make sure that what we were doing on the business side was, for lack of a better word, authentic to the game,” Bettman said

For all the flak Bettman takes (and he does so deliberately, to deflect criticism from the real power in the NHL, the owners who employ him), this quote, and the decision to bring in Shanahan, shows that he has a solid understanding of what hockey needs.

“He’s not smart. Bettman’s brilliant. Bettman’s a brilliant guy. You work for him and you sit in front of that room, and people say, ‘Hey, this guy must be smart, too.’

I’ll take Brian Burke’s informed opinion over the ranting masses on this one..

Posted by fcjbencard on 08/17/10 at 03:06 PM ET

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Actually, I’d have to agree to a point, fcjb…whatever the hell your name is .

Bettman is a nasty, evil little *#$%@& toad with some clear biases, but nobody said he wasn’t very, very smart.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 08/17/10 at 03:32 PM ET

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Ever hear the term evil genius?

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/17/10 at 05:59 PM ET

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I’ll take Brian Burke’s informed opinion

Same here.  After all, Brian Burke is the brainiac who managed to take the Maple Leaf’s best trade bait, with a cap-friendly contract that should’ve netted a veritable king’s ransom and completely devalue him, transforming him into an untradeable asset that Toronto should by all rights lose for absolutely nothing next summer.

Posted by Garth on 08/17/10 at 08:40 PM ET

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