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Ian White With Harsh Words For Bettman

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Ian White has been one of the more outspoken players during the NHL lockout.

Most of his wrath has been directed at NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. On Friday, White fired a few more shots at the man he holds responsible for the sport's labor troubles.

“I got to be honest, I personally think he's an idiot,'' White said of Bettman. “Since he's come in I think he's done nothing but damage the game. If you think of all the moves he's made, the teams that are all struggling seem to be the teams he put in places where there's (less support for hockey).

“Just three lockouts (since Bettman became commissioner in 1993). I don't know if he's in control of the owners or what he's saying. I think it's (eight) of the owners have to agree to have something passed. You'd think it would be at least 50 percent. It just doesn't seem like they're running a democratic process.''

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Also, I had a coversation with George and he is shooting for a soft-return next week.  Things may change, but that is the gameplan at this point.

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NIVO's avatar

George will be a welcome addition to have back.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 11/16/12 at 03:56 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

While the NHL has seen increased revenues in the past few years and the Winter Classic was a good addition, the NHL still seems to struggle for attention and refuses to really address the Phoenix situation and that of other teams that don’t fit their market.  I really get the impression that Bettman has no real long term vision for the game and the only aspect of running the NHL that he really has any skills in is handling the CBA negotiations and socking it to the players….......and the owners seem perfectly fine with that.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 11/16/12 at 04:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Whiter, I respect you a lot.  Dude, shut up and let Fehr do all the talking in the PR sweepstakes.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 11/16/12 at 06:46 PM ET

Hockeytown Wax's avatar

White’s right ... why should he shut up ??

More players should flood those meetings ... look the evil troll in the eye and say “Get the owners in order. Make sure they know taking money away from us AGAIN isn’t going to make Phoenix solvent. This is our contract offer and if the owners don’t like it then we’ll all go to Europe and make the KHL the #1 league and you can try to find replacements for us”.

Bickering over free agency and contract length isn’t going to make teams more solvent.  Bettman truly is an idiot and has lost control of the situation.

A mediator is their only hope at this point and hopefully, they bring one in sooner than later.

Posted by Hockeytown Wax from West Bloomfield, Mi. on 11/16/12 at 11:18 PM ET

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