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Bettman “pleased with the process that is ongoing,” refuses to comment further

Dec 5, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

Gary Bettman

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman walked up to the podium following this morning’s Board of Governors meeting in New York, said he “was pleased with the process that is ongoing,” and that “out of respect for the process” he had no further comment on negotiations between owners and players.

And then he walked away.

The commissioner’s brief update was seen as a sign that progress is being made in CBA talks.

Similar remarks were made by those who attended the BOG meeting.

“We feel good about the information we got,” said Columbus executive John Davidson, as per Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

“We’re going to continue to talk up until we get a deal,” said MLSE (Leafs) chairman Larry Tanenbaum, as per Yahoo!’s Nick Cotsonikas.

When asked if he was confident an agreement could be struck in the next few days, Tanenbaum replied, “As long as we’re talking, we’re hopeful.”

Next up is this afternoon’s players-owners meeting in which the players are expected to make a presentation to the owners.

  1. thailer35 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Could I be getting tickets to see the Coyotes Pacific Division Champs banner go up for Christmas???

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Well if you don’t I’m sure PLENTY of good tickets will be available right up until the end of the first period….

  2. ironmike778 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Go to hell, Bettman. You suck.

    • raveman213 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:15 PM

      I bet Bettman thinks that hockey is the devil.

  3. somekat - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Really? I’d of thought that is the type of ticket you can grab off a scalper for half face value

    • davebabychreturns - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      He’ll be “getting” those tickets free with a big gulp purchase at any Glendale area 7/11..

      • tfaltin - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        A hockey fan is a hockey fan, in any market and for any team. If it strokes your ego to make fun of a franchise that plays hard and finally had a breakthrough like the Coyotes (and its fans), then work on finding something a little more fulfilling in your life. Fans of the ‘Yotes deserve to be proud of their team and see that banner raise. Winning that division with the distractions they go through is one hell of an achievement.

      • islesjb - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

        from an isles fan, Amen tfaltin

      • bcsteele - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        From a Blues fan, I second tfaltin and islesjb…

        Amen

      • rsl22 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        As a Caps fan, looking up at division banners can turn out to be a real kick in the coin purse.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        @tfaltin: You can be proud of your team all you want, but when you had the lowest attendance of any team in the league last year despite ticket packages along the lines of 4 tickets with a hotdog and a drink each for $100 total, you can’t complain when people make jokes about the promotions.

      • rsl22 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:17 PM

        From a Thrashers fan, err, wait…

      • haterzgonahate - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:28 PM

        pretty sure this comment is in regards to the current state of the league that has us in the mess to begin with and not a shot at the coyotes.

        in case you need a refresher, Bettman put teams where they shouldn’t be, teams that actually make money have to profit share to support those teams. owners of these teams don;t like that, and want some of that money back.. cue the CBA negotiations or lack there of.

        do you think it’s right that Maple leaf/Habs/Sens/Flames/Oilers/Jets/Canucks fans have to pay $100+ dollars for the worst ticket in the house when people who don;t really care only have to pay a fraction of the price? i don’t .. this is the problem

      • islesjb - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:42 PM

        “when people who don’t really care pay a fraction of the price” is an absurd generalization.

        Just because teams like the Leafs/Rags/Habs have more fans and thus, “more people who really care” doesn’t mean that there are NO true fans of smaller market/unprofitable teams.

        There may be less fans of teams like the Coyotes, Blues and Isles “that really care” but you’re insinuating that anyone who attends their games are people just looking for some cheap activity to do and that those teams have no die-hard fans. I can assure you, that is the furthest thing from the truth.

        You sir, are a moron

      • davebabychreturns - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Whoa, quite the discussion coming forth from my comment, which was really just supposed to be a cute remark.. not a cheap shot at people who are actually fans of the Coyotes.

        Anyway, part of me wishes I was an NHL fan in a city like Phoenix, or at any rate a city where the sport was not thriving so much but was still going to be there for the long haul; a lot of lifetime fans have been priced out of going to games in places like Vancouver so while it’s great to watch the team on television knowing that they’ll spare no expense to put the best product on the ice, it can be rough justifying the going rate for a couple of tickets, parking, food, a couple of beers, etc.

        Nothing wrong with legitimate hockey fans in places where there aren’t enough of them.. there just, well, aren’t enough of them.

      • blomfeld - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        tfaltin – You’re to be commended for the support and devotion which you claim to have for your team. And your statement that “a hockey fan is a hockey fan, in any market and for any team” is also well said and very true … I live in Vancouver and yet my team is the “cool” LA Kings ! :) The way I see it though, the problem is that there just aren’t enough guys like you down there in Phoenix ? And that’s a shame, as there’s no question about the passion of the Coyote’s fan base, as small as it is. Nonetheless, I wish the best for you guys and hopefully you’ll be getting your banner-raising evening in fairly short order now. At least let’s hope, eh ?

        ps: if worse does come to worse, then you guys can always join up with us LA Kings ! … we’re natural brothers in the west and you guys are only a 6 hour drive away on the I-10 … if I can be a King’s fan here in Vancouver, then there’s absolutely no reason why you guys can’t be either … :)

      • thailer35 - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:27 PM

        Sorry blom, but I don’t think there has been even remotely close to enough time passed since Brown’s hit on Rosival, Doughty tackling Doan, and the pain of that OT goal from Penner for a true ‘Yotes fan to defect like that. But I appraciate your support for the “few” of us fans in the desert.

  4. bricktop02 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Hey Bettman out of respect for hockey and it’s fans, GET LOST!!!!

  5. scrock25 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Hahaha what a joke of a “league”.

    Hockey… Hahahahahah!!!

    • ron05342 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      You, sir, are a certifiable moron.

      • raveman213 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:16 PM

        I 2nd that.

  6. kantnockdahustle89 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Funny the most progress was done without him. Take it as a sign d!cknose.

  7. bcsteele - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I feel real progress here and this is the first time I think I may actually allow myself to be hopeful for a season this year. Hopefully they hammer this out and all the fans can have hockey for Christmas.

    On a ranting note, I still hope nobody goes to any games right away so they can suffer from their childish ways. It’s also amazing what happens when you remove Bevis and Butthead from the room how much can get done.

  8. jaybird22seven - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Progress without Gary Bettman present. This means he should be let go. He just ruins hockey. He is a sad individual.

    • raveman213 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      Do you know what a really great early Xmas present would be? A new CBA deal reached, then right after that they axe Bettman as commish!

  9. scrock25 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I hope the NHL never plays a single game again. Nobody pays attention to the sport anyways, and it would give ESPN more time to devote to the NFL.

    • raveman213 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Go back to watching some lame sport like Cricket.

      • haterzgonahate - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

        or knitting! – FUBAR

    • barby97 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      whatever dude do we have ANOTHER moron on the site? My life would be RUINED without hockey.

  10. raveman213 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Well there goes all hope… serious progress was being made without Bettman then he decides to come out and open his mouth. Thanks Gary!

  11. chrisvegas - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Oh man I just hope they get a deal done!

  12. thedavesiknowiknow - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:29 PM

  13. samurai3939 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    Anyone who defends pathetic teams like the yotes is part of the problem. That team Along with Columbus, are a drag on the NHL and part of the reason we are in a lockout in the first place. And why do thy exist? Buttman and the owners.

    • thailer35 - Dec 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Man, Phoeniphobia is running rampant today on PHT!!

  14. fortwaynekomets - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I wouodnt get your hopes up about hockey starting soon. I don’t mean to be negative, just a realist. we’ve been slapped, drugged, and run over by the league, then spit on by Bettman. don’t ever forget this, fans.

    I also have helped other through this time of shame, so ill share a lil secret of the best place to watch hockey (College, CHL, ECHL, etc.) its all on America One Sports online. Best thing ever during a NHL lockout!!!

  15. chrisk61 - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    flyers season ticket holder here…since mid 90s. regarding the phoe vs canada ticket price discussion, it is simply supply and demand. the canadian fans should relax…you just got another team ie jets. and it looks like quebec city could get one of the next ones. unless province of quebec will get punished for its separatist mentality. and didn’t quebec labor board vote in favor of nhl re: lockout ? i am sure nhl said, “if you want another team, you know what to do.”

    and wouldn’t it have been great if philly’s favorite french canadian, claude giroux, would have landed that uppercut to cyndi crosby’s jaw when the fought in last yr’s playoffs ? would have sent cyndi home for good and made claude an instant philly sports icon.

  16. huffdaddyco - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Well, Mr. Bettman, thanks for your wonderful efforts in attempting to destroy this sport. Congratulations, you have done what I never dreamed possible. You have made it so I don’t care whether or not there is an NHL season. I hate you.

  17. scrock25 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Lolhockey

  18. id4joey - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Well! I’ve just been invited to an open house next week where the SC will be present, a current NHL coach, and many ex NHLers. Just wanted to stuff it in the faces of you losers, who will certainly reply negatively out of jealousy. Lol!

    • blomfeld - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Have a great time friend ! :)

      • id4joey - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        Thanks, blomfeld.

    • valoisvipers - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      Enjoy the night Joey you deserve it with all the trolls you put up with here.

  19. xaf605 - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Srock you are a moron espn devotes no time to hockey thats why espn sucks!

  20. fortwaynekomets - Dec 6, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    I Bet Bettman is Betting on Bets somewhere in NYC getting a happy ending.

  21. scrock25 - Dec 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Hahahaha cricket is a better sport than hockey.

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