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Gary’s Agenda

It doesn’t have to be a sinister thing.  There is no Deep Throat, no Jeff Gillooly, no Shoeless Joe giving in to a little fiscal temptation.

It just boils down to this and it’s real simple:  Gary Bettman does not like the Detroit Red Wing organ-I-zation and he would like Sidney Crosby to hoist the Cup. 

It’s not a conspiracy, it’s just a deep burning hatred that Bettman feels for Mike Ilitch, Jimmy Devellano and Ken Holland.

And it might have something to do with the fact that he tried to adopt Crosby, dress him in footies and share Yoohoos with him most afternoons after Pens practices.

That’s not true, as far as I know.  I made that up.

But Bettman’s infatuation with Crosby’s success is not fiction.  He vaulted him to the forefront from the beginning as the face of the NHL. He’s kept him there despite the painfully obvious fact that Crosby has the personality of a gnat and the petulance of a napless five year old. 

Is Gary Bettman starting the Finals this Saturday, then continuing on Sunday for the first back-to-back since the ‘50s as an intentional means of stifling the Wings? 

Not that he’d ever admit and certainly no one could ever prove it.  But he very well could have considered, going Saturday, Monday…or Sunday, Tuesday…because it would have been better for the game.  But the “game” has never mattered to Bettman.  His little man syndrome, his bitterness and his ego are all that matters to Tiny Gary Daddy. 

Oh, I know…the television thing. I get it.  But if he would have gone Versus on Tuesday, Thursday and NBC on Saturday, Sunday?  What’s the significant difference?  A back to back in Games 3 and 4 would still allow a bit more rest for both teams at the front end of the series.

Why am I even bringing it up?  Because the Red Wings defeated Chicago in five games and get two full days of rest.  If they’d gone six they would have had what?  9 days?  Too much. I agree.  But the fact remains, they’re being penalized for winning too quickly, too efficiently?

Now.  This.  Should a commissioner give consideration to a team’s injury situation?  Not publicly and certainly not officially.  For fu**‘s sake, he didn’t do it around the All Star Game, when who was hurt?

Oh, that’s right.  Datsyuk and Lidstrom. 

But giving a team less days off for winning quickly, and thereby guaranteeing they won’t be as healthy to start the Finals as they would be with two more days rest? 

Bettman despises the Wings.  He hates what Holland did to sign Franzen and Zetterberg.  Long term deals to circumvent his pet CBA.  He despises the fact that the Wings are so popular, make the league so much money, but dictate gates and memorabilia sales…that they are bigger than he is, almost as big as the league itself.  Bettman hates that Jimmy D and Mike Ilitch resisted the lockout, that they sided with their players.  You think that doesn’t have a lot to do with why Detroit is favored among all NHL players? 

There is no way the Final should start on Saturday, and go straight to Game 2 the next day.  No one does that.  It hasn’t happened in nearly fifty years.  But, coincidentally, here we are.  Detroit has six (potentially seven with Hossa) injuries.  Lidstrom, Datsyuk, Draper, Ericsson, Lilja, Kopecky.  Three of those players would be the number 1 or 2 guy at their position on any team in the NHL.  That’s right.  Any team.  And, yes…coincidentally…there is a remarkably short turnaround, followed by a game 24 hours later.

Gary Bettman is so beholden to NBC, so deep in their pocket, that he has absolutely no ground to stand on.  That’s the public answer and it’s the one league officials will probably whisper when pressed.  But what they will never admit, and what drives Bettman from time to time, and what affects his decision making and has for years, is this…

...the little bastard hates him some Red Wings.

It’s not a conspiracy.  It’s just a little man who’s held an important job for too long.

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com