The Dark Side of Bargaining: Is Bettman the Bad Guy?

Just Puckin' Around

Heated negotiations can bring out the worst in anyone, but is NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman getting a fair judgement being cast as the villain by hockey fans and the media in the ongoing Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations?

But seriously…

Gary Bettman has been commissioner for just under twenty years, and in that time, the National Hockey League has now seen three separate work stoppages.  The 1994 lockout lasted 104 days and knocked out just over eighty games, and in 2004-2005 the entire season was cancelled.  Now we’re only one month into our current work stoppage situation, but cries against the owners have and Bettman have been flooding cyberspace for quite some time.

However, this is not one of those times.  I’m not here to condemn the man, but I’m also not going to pardon the guy either.  The commissioner does not have a fan favored record.  He has a tough…

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