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Shoalts: Gary Bettman recently signed a contract extension

Somewhat ironic news given the proceedings of late, per the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts:

Even as the NHL comes under attack, commissioner Gary Bettman won’t have to worry about lacking support from the board of governors. That is because he quietly negotiated a five-year contract extension last November.

Bettman’s current contract pays him $7.2-million (all currency U.S.) per year and was to end this summer, although the governors may have earlier picked up an option that extended it to 2012. One source said the contract extension was unanimously approved by the nine-member executive committee.

What will surely fire up the conspiracy theorists, who have been venting loudly on all forms of media following Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadiens, is the identity of the driving force behind Bettman’s new contract. It is Jeremy Jacobs, the NHL’s chairman of the board of governors who just happens to own the Boston Bruins, the team that employs Chara. However, as chairman, one of Jacobs’s duties is to keep the commissioner and the other key executives of the NHL under contract.

Bettman confirmed via e-mail he received an extension. “Old news. I believe my contract has been extended four times, each time with the approval of the board of governors,” he said.

One governor said he believes Bettman also reached an understanding with the executive committee that deputy commissioner Bill Daly and chief operating officer John Collins will also be retained beyond this season. Daly, who earned $1.9-million last season, would only say he does not have a contract.


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Alan's avatar

The BoG likes him. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t have approved his extension.

The “conspiracy theorists” have to remember that none if this Chara mess involves Bettman. If you’re a real conspiracy theorist with regards to discipline in the NHL, you’re looking at Chief Douchebag Colin Campbell, and his faithful lapdog Mike Murphy.

Therefore, I don’t see how any rational person could make the connection Shoalts seems to have pushed.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 03/11/11 at 12:18 PM ET




Please let David Stern retire soon so little gary can be sent back to the street hoopball association.

Posted by tigerjeb on 03/11/11 at 12:41 PM ET


The conspiracy is when there is a Campbell conflict of interest it shoud get moved up the ladder to Gary’s lap, not down the ladder to underling Murphy. Bettman should insist on making these calls, but won’t because it would put him in a bad light with one of his owners. Every puppet has a master.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/11/11 at 02:00 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

Hockey1919, I think Bettman also acknowledges he’s not a ‘hockey guy’ like the other two you mentioned, so he likely doesn’t feel qualified to make suspension decisions. He has definitely learned the game a lot during his tenure, but at the end of the day, he’s a businessman and lawyer running a business. He let’s those guys make the major game-centric decisions.

Posted by NHLJeff from Denver on 03/11/11 at 02:42 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Told You he works for the Owners & if he wasn’t doing what they wanted they would not have re-signed him

Posted by Evilpens on 03/11/11 at 02:54 PM ET


He’s not a “hockye” guy, but he has a conflict of interest with his top guy. That’s the bosses problem and why he gets paid the big bucks.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 03/11/11 at 06:56 PM ET

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