Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/27/10 at 09:13 AM ET
from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has the ability to bring out the best of two emotions: he can make you laugh hysterically or infuriate you — usually at the same time….
The league has no leg to stand on with the Kovalchuk deal, yet denied it anyway. The Devils and the NHLPA feel they have a structured deal within the parameters set forth by the CBA, and they likely have. As such, they filed a grievance Monday.
The league knew that was coming and will likely lose the arbitration. But even if it wins, the whole reason it balked was to fire the first salvo in what promises to be another arduous contract battle with the NHLPA following the 2011-12 season.
It’s laughable because it’s so frivolous. It’s infuriating because it brings a black eye to a sport that has had far too many on Bettman’s watch.
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