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PHT Morning Skate: Can Bettman be impeached?

Nov 18, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Bill Simmons has some harsh words for unimpeachable NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. (Grantland)

Mike Richards was baffled by that two-week moratorium thing, so he’s probably pleased that it was only really an eight-day one. (Mayor’s Manor)

Jussi Rynnas suffered a groin injury that is expected to sideline him for a couple weeks. (TSN’s Jonas Siegel)

Barry Brust might just break an AHL record. (

In honor of Joe Sakic’s retirement, the best players representing each jersey number, from No. 1-19. (Mile High Hockey)

Your morning fight video. (Puck Daddy)

Steve Simmons doesn’t care who “wins” the CBA negotiations or what the details end up being, he’s “anti-everyone involved.” (The Toronto Sun)

  1. blomfelb - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Mutiny is a foot! Of course this “impeachment” is as likely as my testicles finally descending as Herr Doctor Schtut has been promising for a near 15 years now. However take solace that our fearless leaders General Bettman & Lieutenant Daly will see that this rebel scum is handled as ruthlessly as possible. The gag order goes gestapo like THAT! However my comrade Joey should know that should the worst nightmares come to fruition we can meet in our secret, special place for safe harbor until the fallout is finished. Go Kings!

    • crosberries - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM


    • east96st - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      blom – I’ve never been a fan of your posts, but I am a firm believer in free speech, so I usually refrain from saying anything to you. But you really ought to lay off the Gestapo references. Genocide and a hockey lockout are really two extraordinarily different things. A LOT of people died, most in ways too horrific to imagine. You want to go on your rants, okay. That’s your right. Just please show a tad more taste & awareness and keep your references Star Wars based or whatever other TV or movie franchise you can find you tube clips for. Referencing Nazi Germany here really is inappropriate and I am willing to give you enough credit to sincerely believe you already know that.

      • ron05342 - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:09 AM

        Look closely again at the username…some useless a-hole has nothing better to do but imposter blomfeld’s posts.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:10 AM

        Although I never agree with blom, I believe above is an imitator blomfelB as opposed to the delusional rants of the real blomfelD.

      • tatdue - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:48 PM

        LOL, you have to give the guy some credit for ingenuity though he even attempted to write like blomfeld….It made me laugh but I’m curious to see how the real blom reacts to it….

      • blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Ron and friends – I have to say that I was laughing myself yesterday when I first read these “blomfelb” posts. Today however I’m not laughing, as I am detecting a certain “malice” behind this imposter’s writings. As far as I’m concerned, fun and “good times” should always be the order of the day, not discord or upset. There’s another poster who’s recently come on here at PHT called Mississippimudslinger. Again it’s a shame, as all he does is attempt to insult and injure people with his vile and meaningless quips. Anyway, I’ve always felt that the best policy is to simply ignore negative individuals like them.

    • ib4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      okey boss joey go place case you joey friend but may need ride joey only allow go so far on bike.

  2. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Bettman and Fehr are on opposite sides of the same hypocrisy. That’s why there isn’t any hockey right now. Get rid of them both. Force all the owners into a room where 8 cannot speak for rest, and all the player representatives of each team. Hash it out and let’s move on!

  3. fortwaynekomets - Nov 18, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    they can do whatever they want with that puppet.

    I’m doing just fine right now with ECHL, AHL, UFC, NFL, college hockey… the list goes on.

    the NHL cancellation isn’t the end of the world. they just want you to feel like it.

  4. ravenscaps48 - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    Here’s an idea. Get rid of both The Fehr Brothers and Gary Bettman! Replace the Fehr’s with either Nicklas Lidstrom or Steve Yzerman, then make Bill Daly the Commish. It’s a win-win for everyone

    • phillyphanatic77 - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      You really think Daly would rule differently from Bettman. I’d have to believe he’d take his cues from the book of Bettman- that is no matter how much you screw up, hold the players responsible.

  5. rainyday56 - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Dec. 3

    • mrchainbluelightning - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      explain Dec.03 and please don’t tell me it’s prediction on a cancel season date, because last time the season didn’t get cancelled till the 16th of Feb.

  6. id4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM


    Please note that someone has now begun posting here under the erroneous names of “blomfelb” and “Ib4joey” ! Of course these names are fake and they should in no way be confused with either “yours truly” or blomfeld. blomfeld already has a good handle on who’s behind this little caper. But for good measure, he has also asked his old friend “Stransky” to take a look into this (ie: Stransky is a physicist and an expert in forensic causation analysis) and he’s assured blomfeld that he’ll have the name of this imposter within 48 hours, with a margin for error of “plus or minus” 2.5 hours. Once this imposter has been identified, then suffice it to say that he/she will be “dealt with” quickly and ruthlessly.

    • mrchainbluelightning - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Nobody cares or values your contributions here Blomfeld.

      Do you really think that people care if some guy who knows little about the sport posts or not?

      I’m guessing more than half don’t read your posts or click your vids.

      Stop spamming this message on every thread.

      Nobody cares about your stupid vids or story

      • blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        I didn’t post that message you jerk ! As for your ignorant remark … “Do you really think that people care if some guy who knows little about the sport posts or not?” … well fair enough I suppose ? I grew up on the east side of Montreal playing hockey in the street with my friends, I’ve been avidly watching the game on TV since 1967, I’ve attended more NHL games “in person” than you’d find “Wongs” in a Chinese phone book and today my stupid “ex” is “involved” with a Canuck’s legend ! Now if “I” don’t qualify as a legitimate and informed fan according to your rating system, then I suspect that neither do at least 99.9% of the other people posting here. FU jerk and thank your lucky stars that this forum is only of an “electronic” bouquet !

  7. Jeff - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I think more than eight are voting.

    “The commissioner is allowed to reject any CBA proposals by the NHL Players’ Association with only eight votes from the 30 owners.”

    Oh and what Bill SImmons knows about hockey can fit in a thimble.

  8. jaybird22seven - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Ass long as this ass Gary Bettmen is in there we won’t have any chance on seeing a happy NHL. He has to be removed so we can fix the game of hockey that is getting worse by the day with him there. He is so cocky and smug, you just want to punch him right in the snot box !!!!

  9. blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:24 PM


    The only way for “impeachment” to ever legitimately enter the conversation here, is if this impasse results in the entire season being lost. For were that to happen, then the consequences to “all” parties are going to be “catastrophic” to say the least. The economic landscape of 2012 is quite different from what we had back in 2004, with disposable income today on the “retreat” everywhere you look. Anyway, Bettman knows that better than anybody else and so that’s highly unlikely to occur. What I see happening now, is a concerted push to get this thing resolved asap. Tomorrow night’s meeting is going to be interesting, eh ? :)

    • tatdue - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Let’s hope something gets accomplished but I still would like to see Bettman go……You know the old saying “You can shine a turd as much as you want but in the end it will still be a turd!” I’d say that applies to Bettman perfectly!

      • blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        I think we’d “all” like to see the little weasel go ! … and he likely will, though that’s probably still a ways off ? In the meantime however, it’s imperative that he gets his way in-order for the game we know and love to continue. The alternative is simply “unthinkable” as I do genuinely fear that the damage could prove to be irreparable. The loss or relocation of 3-4 “sunbelt” teams wouldn’t be such a bad thing. However I suspect that a cancelled season will do far greater damage than that, sad to say.

  10. mississippimudslinger - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Awww poor Blomfeld’s vagina is sore as usual , I wonder how he’s….( oops I meant she’s) … going to survive when the NHL cancels it’s entire Season within another few weeks … fat clown , you’re not entertaining one bit here.

    • blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      You truly are a “pathetic” person … and also pathetic is the fact that PHT allows your ugliness to appear here …

    • valoisvipers - Nov 19, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      mismud just go away you have nothing to contribute here.

  11. deekster20 - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Haha this lockout is such a bummer. They r loosing so much fans and members and young kids who ate fans and watch with their families and fall asleep before the game is even over. They are really killing my sons feelings because of the lockout. Thanks alot Bettman.

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