Category Archives: Gary Bettman

NHL Realignment Delivers the Long Overdue Demolition of the SouthLeast

Though there surely should have been, we had no mayoral proclamation, no triumphant, inspiring oratory from any of our region’s elected officials, Chambers of Commerce, or business luminaries, no acknowledgment of the Great Liberation that uniquely visited Washington this week. … Continue reading

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Lockout Ruminations: It’s Nothing Personal

This lockout drives home a basic truism about the NHL that we’d do well to remember: in the words Mario Puzo, “It’s nothing personal, only business.” Continue reading

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Making Do

Perhaps you’ve heard — NHL owners and the players union will meet tomorrow, 30 days of lockout having ellapsed. But according to media accounts on Monday, no new proposals will be exchanged between the sides. It’s looking grim. Meanwhile, there is … Continue reading

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Tweeted Pessimism from BobM

 

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Down and (Locked) Out

Derailing the NHL’s modest momentum with a lockout will reduce the money pot the owners and players share. So how is holding fans hostage helping their bottom line? It’s not—yes, the league needs a new CBA, but the chasm between the two sides speaks more to a clash of egos than a reasonable negotiation. Continue reading

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Remembering an Entry Draft Hose Job

The NHL’s Edmonton Oilers won Tuesday night’s entry draft lottery, meaning they will select no. 1 overall this June for the third consecutive year. In a very real sense, the Oil has earned this lottery (mis)fortune with dismal showings the … Continue reading

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By and Large, by Design, a Training Camp of Tranquility

The best part of the Capitals’ preseason has arrived — its conclusion. They survived a slate of seven exhibition games largely unscathed; no front-line performers ought to be missing from Saturday’s opening night here against Carolina. For a team not … Continue reading

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Bettman’s Southern Chickens, Coming Home To Roost

I want hockey, at its highest level, hosted only where it is loved — not where it’s the whim marketing experiment of an expansion-impulsive commissioner, but rather where it’s loved. It has to be this way, because hockey will ever … Continue reading

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The First Shoe Has Fallen

An agreement to sell the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers to a Winnipeg group which plans to relocate the franchise to the Manitoba capital is done.

Sources confirmed tonight that preparations are being made for an announcement Tuesday, confirming the sale and transfer of the Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and the MTS Centre arena, which would become the NHL team’s new home. Continue reading

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Are the Southeast’s Walls Crumbling Down?

It was eye-catching and amusing, beholding the verb tense in the opening couple of sentences of the Atlanta Thrashers’ Wikipedia entry: “The Atlanta Thrashers were a professional ice hockey team based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. They were members of … Continue reading

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