Bettman no hockey man
Steve Ovadia at Puck Update and Eric McErlain at Offwing dig up a point that seems so obvious that it bears repeating:
Indeed, when the dust finally settles, Bettman's course in forcing the lockout may prove to be the correct one (though I have my doubts). But there shouldn't be any doubt that the stewardship of the game itself, and the entertainment value of the product on the ice, has suffered over the last ten years.For all of the flak I get as a Bettman lackey — unfairly I might add — you're never going to hear me espousing on how great the on-ice product has been under the current commissioner. It makes perfect sense that Bettman — and by extension the ownership groups — not have control of what happens with rule changes and other on-ice improvements (or, as in recent years, degradations). Says Ovadia:
Otherwise we're going to be watching NHL games on UHF stations at 3 in the morning. And guess what? The score will be 0-0.I think he's discovered a better sleep ailment than crappy infomercials. Although, those do make for stiff ratings competition for the NHL these days.