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What could Bettman have done?


Considering that this lockout has been rumored for a couple of YEARS, Bettman could have started negotiating a long time ago. Considering it was the owners, not the players, pushing for a better deal, they should have taken the initiative a long time ago.

After the lockout was announced, they should have been pushing for a deal. The owners shut it down, they should have been presenting offers to the players. Why did nothing happen for months? For a guy who is supposed to be a master negotiator....

He could not bicker with Goodenow like a little kid. It is telling that when the NHL and the NHLPA decided to get serious, Bob and Gary weren't invited.

He could have shown actual interest in improving the game, which may have helped with revenue and ratings. He could have expanded the league at a measured pace, rather than almost annual expansion teams. etc, etc,....

When Detroit won the '97 Stanley Cup, the fans had the good sense to boo Bettmen when came out to present it, making us the smartest fans in the NHL. :)

Bettman is the head of the league, and the failure is ultimately his fault.

Now, what about Goodenow? That's a whole new thread...

- Jeff

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