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PHT Morning Skate: Thank you Bettman?

Dec 12, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

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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.

Yes, the lockout last year was terrible. Yes, it was a terrible black eye for the sport… But now the league is awash in money after the Rogers TV deal in Canada and one columnist says the players should thank commissioner Gary Bettman for making it all possible. (Winnipeg Free Press)

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Predators coach Barry Trotz is busy pulling strings to adjust his defense’s ice time, much to the chagrin of fans of Seth Jones. (The Tennessean)

It may only be happening in baby steps, but the Dallas Stars are making improvements needed to try and get back in the playoff race. (Dallas Morning News)

The salary cap is going to go up and that’s going to present problems for teams like the St. Louis Blues. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Johan Franzen has been pulling his weight amongst the myriad of injuries for the Red Wings. Why, it’s almost mule-like how he’s doing it! (Detroit Free Press)

Ray Emery‘s line after Philly’s 7-2 loss to Chicago: “I want to play with sore losers.” Fantastic. Also ideal that he’s in Philly with that attitude. (

What’s Olli Jokinen‘s secret to success? Massage therapy. (Winnipeg Sun)

  1. joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    You bet! Here’s a suggestion for an ad that the NHLPA should put out.
    “Thank you, Mr. B!” -the players. And we fans should also say thank you. All this money will ensure that the best talent in the world will continue to play in NA. Now if only they can move some small market teams to bigger markets they could increase HRR.

    Say what you will about the commish. He has done his job much to the dissatisfaction of the fans, but certainly to the delight of his bosses. You’ve got to give credit where credit is due. The Heritage, Stadium, Winter Classic games are excellent money makers as well as the new TV deal with Rogers. Additionally they will be racking more money with the NHL’s participation in Sochi.

    This is why he doesn’t have time to deal with menial tasks like handing out suspensions.

    • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

      yeah but why the hell do we care how much money he’s brought the league? WE don’t have to give him praise. he doesn’t make any money for US. in fact, he finds ways to get us to give him MORE of it. sure, he’s done his job…. but i’ll still go with the “f*** you Gary” angle. that’s like saying we should praise our insurance company’s CEO for finding a way to make more money off us while only covering us 90% of the time instead of 100%. I won’t do it.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        “US” is the word us, not the U.S.

      • chicagobtech - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        A huge rule in business is if you’re not bringing in money, then you’re failing. The NHL is a business. Even if they’re staying level they’re failing. You want the League to continue? Guys like Bettman need to succeed. I’d rather be an unliked success rather than a liked failure.

        Thank you Mr. Bettman.

      • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        With all this money coming in it means more money for the players. Remember! The players are the league’s greatest asset to generate revenue. More money for the players makes it harder for KHL or other leagues in the world to attract the top talent. More talent in the NHL makes it more enjoyable for us. The more we enjoy it the bigger profit the NHL owners make.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        yeah sure… Bettman’s intent with the season-and-a-half worth of lockouts in the last 10 years was so they could pay the players better. yep, that’s what it was.

        let’s face it, Bettman may be making the league more money, but only a small amount of that is going to the players. he’s done a great job in ensuring that the owners have fat retirement accounts. try telling the Devils that it’s harder for KHL or other leagues in the world to attract the top talent.”

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        forgot the open-quotes after “it’s”

      • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        ibieiniid, what Bettman does is to increase league revenue to increase the owner’s profits. It was Fehr’s job to make sure that the boys get their fair share of the pie (HRR, salary cap) by negotiating the terms of the CBA.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        I understand that, dude…. but why are you grateful of him? he does nothing for you, so unless you’re just a fan of business, there’s no need to “praise” him. sure, he does his job… but so do a lot of other people that aren’t “praised.” f*** Gary Bettman for everytime he’s fought to continue (relatively) underpaying players and overpaying owners.

      • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Because the money he brings in is used in part to pay players thus keeping them in the NHL. As a fan of the game I get to enjoy the best players in the world on a regular basis because they play in North America. I’m a consumer of the NHL and I enjoy the best product. As a consumer you don’t need to care about the business aspect, but it helps put things in perspective. Purely from a business perspective the man has done very well for owners, and we get to benefit from that. I expect Rogers Media to be innovative over the next years. They hopefully will get to enjoy new experiences of the hockey broadcasting and distribution on multiple platforms.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:33 AM

        it really doesnt matter to me if owners make more money than the players. it would be dumb if they didnt…its their neck on the line and they have the most skin in the game if the franchise makes no money, its risky business. i dont know the owner just like i dont know the players so if the players are getting screwed or the owner is getting screwed…i’ve got no horse in the race and wouldnt just take the player’s side of it just because. nhl players are pretty well taken care of even though they dont make as much as a other athletes on average. as a player i would think its nice to know my contract’s guaranteed and i get paid at least something no matter what even if i’m playing terrible and get waived or bought out. not like an nfl player for example who is playing season by season hoping to not lose his salary after his guaranteed money is usually paid in the form of signing bonus up front. bryzgalov, perfect example. the owner gets screwed because he played terrible, now he gets a check from two teams and will for a while…doesnt happen in other leagues, if he played terrible he would be without a job and salary until someone took another chance on him and even then he would probably get no “guaranteed” money.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        the thing we’re overlooking here, myself included, is that Bettman isn’t really the one making money for the league. whichever side you’re on, or none at all, it’s the players and owners putting out a product that people buy, Bettman has a very small part in that. why he should be given the credit for what the players and owners create is beyond me.

      • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        ibieiniid, BTW, the entertainment value in insurance is NIL. Not a good comparison. Do you have another example?

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        why’s it have to be entertainment for you to understand the comparison?

      • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        He is the CEO and the board of directors is made up of owners/governors. The CEO is the highest-ranking corporate officer (executive) or administrator in charge of total management of an organization. He must answer to the board and must on a yearly basis ensure the business is growing on a yearly basis. Otherwise he could not justify his salary. The players and owners don’t have time to handle the day to day operations. The CEO will surround himself with other c level executive that are responsible for the day to day operations. His salary is typically very high because he can provide a return on investment. He brings in money money for the owners than they pay him.

        Here’s the bottom line; “Under Bettman, the NHL has seen rapid growth of league revenues, from $400 million when he was hired tin 1993 o over $3.3 billion in 2011-2012.

      • joey4id - Dec 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        In the example you give you’re increasing the price will reducing the value. The NHL has improved tremendously thus making it more entertaining, which increases the value add for consumers. Insurance companies make money by denying coverage. In other words, they decrease the value of the money consumers spend.

      • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        ME LIKE BETTMAN !!!!! … ME NO KHL GO !!!!! :)

        Alexander Ovechkin

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        “Rah rah, Rasputin, Russia’s greatest love machine” has to be the greatest line in any disco song ever.

      • imleftcoast - Dec 12, 2013 at 1:32 PM

        With all this money, they could bump out the boards to Olympic size rinks and thank us with a better product on the ice.

      • mp1131211 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:22 PM

        OK, I am now completely convinced that you three are the same person. And that you work for the NHL to build fan support for what their agenda in some strange multi-part monologue that explains every facet of NHL decisions- building up straw men with one username, and tearing them down with another.

        Probably the KGB is in on this, too. But I’m not sure just how as of yet. Its a working theory…

      • ibieiniid - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        whatchu mean, “you three?”

      • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Listen Member of Parliament # 1131211 …

        We’ve already been through this ‘multiple identity’ crap and it’s now starting to get old. My name is Blomfeld and as a Vancouver BC resident, I’m an ardent, sexy, ‘values-driven’ supporter of the SC champion Los Angeles Kings … nothing more and nothing else, ya dig? Just because certain people agree with each other, doesn’t mean that they’re the same person. I mean seriously, that would like me accusing you and your own personal friends of actually being just ‘one’ person who’s masquerading about under various aliases! It is possible for people in this world to actually ‘agree with’ and ‘like’ one another occasionally you know. Then again, asking a ‘Member of Parliament’ (ie: state funded parasite) like you to understand that, may be a bit too much eh?

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:23 PM


    now you’re talking god-damned common sense and reason

    no place for that in the nhl


  3. pavelfitzgerald - Dec 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Blomfeld – learn how to use quotations

    • joey4id - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      yes! because his use of quotes will make him more authentic and likeable. Blomfeld! Get your act together you LA Kings fanatic.

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