Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 06/13/09 at 10:40 AM ET
We’re going to say this one more time and I’m going to make it as clear as I can. No one here has claimed a “conspiracy.” No one has said Gary Bettman orchestrated a Pens Cup. It’s not Gary Bettman’s fault that Hal Gill accrued a grand total of 2 penalty minutes over the entire series. Really. It’s not.
What we have said, and will continue to stand behind on this blog, is that he got what he wanted. He wanted a North American “face of the NHL.” He wanted to be able to point to the Pens as a franchise he “saved.”
He marketed Sidney Crosby. He branded him. Now he’s got him.
Look at that. That is serious pleasure. That is a perversion. Bettman has Cinemax at 0230 written all over his face.
If I’m Uncle Mike, I send that to Hank Zetterberg every morning. And I send it to Marian Hossa with little notes, like….“Just checking to see how your summer’s going,” or “Man, Sid looks happy. Good kid. He earned it. Did you?”
And I suggest that not because I believe Hossa is gone. Just the opposite. He’s staying in Detroit. It’s been ordained and you’d better deal with it. He’s staying and it’ll happen July 1st. It’s already happened, actually. Nothing but a formality now.
And he now has twelve months to let that bitch burn. Let it burn to the core, to the very soul. Let that image sear into his very being.
That image should be mandatory organ-I-zational viewing.
Gary Bettman’s proudest day as commissioner of the NHL came on the day he handed the Cup to his pet project, his fantasy boy, in Detroit, on the home ice of the franchise he’s grown to despise and in front of fans who literally hate his guts.
Sounds healthy. Nice job Gary. Ass.
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