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Should Bettman And Daly Attend The HHOF Inductions On Monday?

from Jesse Spector of The Sporting News,

With negotiations on hold—Fehr said on Sunday he did not know when talks would resume—Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press reported that Bettman and Daly "are still expected to attend the Hockey Hall of Fame induction."

Sure, why not? Bettman and Daly already have teamed up with their NHLPA counterparts to bring down hockey in the present, and seriously hinder the game's future. Might as well go for the hat trick and spoil a day meant to celebrate the past.

Make no mistake, if Bettman and Daly show up at the Hall of Fame on Monday—a day that is supposed to be about Sakic, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates, and Mats Sundin—they will steal the spotlight. Newspapers and television stations only have so much space and time to devote to hockey, and the presence of the NHL's head honchos would require chronicling at the expense of the Hall of Famers. Even if Bettman and Daly refuse to speak to the media at the ceremony, their no-comments would merit a story.

These men are supposed to be the guardians of hockey, above all else. Even in labor negotiations, as badly as they are going, Bettman and Daly can at least say that they are working in the best interests of hockey, trying to keep the NHL on solid financial footing. Showing up at the Hall of Fame inductions, at a time when they have to know their presence will distract from the celebration, is not in anyone's best interests.


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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I’d like to see the HHoF lock them both out.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/11/12 at 07:37 PM ET

Chet's avatar

this issue of contracting rights is a season killer. mark my words.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 11/11/12 at 08:56 PM ET

mmuskrat's avatar

. . . or the media could just NOT do that. 

Seriously, what is it with the media and this whole “we’ve got no other choice!  We’ve got to write about the same shit over and over, our hands are tied!”

You’d think that the media, Spector included, would rejoice over a day that they truly DON’T have to write about the lockout.

Posted by mmuskrat on 11/11/12 at 09:16 PM ET

Colossal Cap Hit's avatar

Exactly, mmuskrat. It’s all so illogical. Media could just ignore them if they wanted to. They could focus only on the event, mention the lockout only in passing, mentiod Bettman and Daly if there is something relevant about the HHOF event to report. But no. If… if… if… they show up, they spoil everything because they are there and it spoils everything because… well, because they are there, and it spoils it because there is a lockout and they are there and they spoil, spoil, spoil!!!!

Spector reminds me of my first girlfriend who started to cry hysterically and scream when she got a parking ticket. A parking ticket. Yeah. I had to cover her mouth with my hand and drag her inside the car before it all escalated into a scene worthy of a circus over one parking ticket.

I laughed uncontrollably when I got to the following paragraph of Spector’s piece, “The mere specter of Bettman was enough to make things awkward on Sunday. After all, because of the lockout, Oates is being prevented from making his NHL head coaching debut with the Washington Capitals. ” Ooooh, dramatic!

Posted by Colossal Cap Hit on 11/12/12 at 05:15 AM ET

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