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Bettman says shootouts are staying, gives salary cap estimate

Apr 22, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

Gary Bettman AP

Gary Bettman met with hockey press on Tuesday to address a wide variety of subjects, even if most of it seemed to be “business as usual” updates. Let’s rattle off some of the biggest talking points compiled from Bettman quotes via reporters such as ESPN’s Katie Strang and the Bergen Record’s Andrew Gross:

Update: If you want the full questions and answers rather than paraphrases, click here.


Hate shootouts? Bad news, although you probably shouldn’t be surprised if you’ve been following the NHL … since the beginning of the shootout’s use. Bettman said they’re here to stay and explains that fans like them (especially more than ties).

/Gives hardcore fans a moment to seethe.

Salary cap

Bettman gives a “wild guess” that the salary cap ceiling will fall somewhere between $69 to $70 million. There were some, including Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who had some concerns about the ceiling being affected by the Canadian dollar.

Islanders sale

The NHL’s commissioner didn’t provide a ton of information about Charles Wang courting suitors for the New York Islanders, although he noted that they’re still Brooklyn-bound regardless.

Washington Capitals vs. ? in the 2015 Winter Classic

No answer yet:

Again, overall it sounds like the messages came down to business as usual. At least the salary cap update/guess indicates that business could be pretty strong during the offseason.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

    Capitals vs Flyers

    • brklynblueshirt - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

      Why not. Watching the Flyers go 0-3 in Winter Classics would be a fun way to ring in the new year.

  2. President Charles Logan - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Shootouts>> Embarassing

    • bobc74 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      But less embarrassing than being the only pro sport where a quarter or more of the games each season have no winner. Which prompts the question, why does each team play an 82 game season if a potential 20 of them could end in a tie?

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      shootouts >> Ties

      • bcsteele - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Wow…a comment from Joey I agree with…which may happen as often as the world ends….let me look out the window real quick…

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        To resist the influence of others is to deny yourself of knowledge and wisdom. 😉

      • qwerty007qwerty007 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        I think the answer is to make a regulation/overtime win worth 3 points. Shootout win worth 2.

      • joey4id - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        The three point system could be a solution to prevent teams from playing for a tie when playing teams in the opposite conference.

        Many fans don’t like the shootout, and want to see it die. If they kill the shootout then were back to tie games.

    • pmac26 - Apr 23, 2014 at 7:26 AM

      IIHF uses them! Why shouldn’t the NHL?

      • President Charles Logan - Apr 23, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        who the fk cares what the IIHF uses

  3. lowenni - Apr 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    The only thing I’ll say about shootouts is: there’s a reason we don’t have them in the playoffs.

    As for the salary cap increase, that seems like a good number and not a crazy increase that will affect lower-budget teams too much.

    Also as a Caps fan would love to see a Flyers-Caps matchup in the Winter Classic, but the Flyers have already had their fair share of Winter Classics. That probably doesn’t matter to the NHL though.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      Agreed! But we can’t have timeless OT games during the regular season. It’s ties or shootouts. Which do you prefer? Me! Shootouts.

      • lowenni - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

        I agree. There’s no promising if we had something like 3 on 3 OT that the game would be decided, a tie would still be possible. And 82 games is too long and tiring a season for the possibility of long extension overtimes. That’s why I said there’s just a reason we don’t have them in the playoffs, but not much to do about it unfortunately.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        Yeah! And keep in mind that teams have a very tight travel schedule during the regular season. They often play 2 games in 24 hours. Imagine a game finishing after 2 or 3 OT periods, then having to travel to play a game the same day. No can do.

      • spoon9z - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        go 5 shooters to involve more of the team

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Yeah! it’s impossible to guarantee a winner in a reasonable amount of time. Can you imagine a game needing 2 or 3 OT periods to decide a winner, and on of the teams having to travel for a game in less than 24 hours?

  4. mp1131211 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    I think it should be 1 point for winning, no points for either team for a tie. No shootout. It would reward risk and pushing for the goal instead of rewarding safe defensive oriented play which is honestly boring. Too many teams are too comfortable playing conservative when it is tied and there is, sometimes still, 10 minutes left. You start seeing a different pace of play when they know they will get a single point for playing it safe.

  5. imleftcoast - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Gary Bettman talks about what he wants, doesn’t talk about what he doesn’t want to talk about and makes vague guesses you can’t ask him about in thee months. Nothing new here folks.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      “Bettman said they’re here to stay (speaking of shootouts) and explains that fans like them (especially more than ties).

      • imleftcoast - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        Bettman likes status quo; indicates some unnamed fan supports it. That’s just Gary being Gary.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Again! What is the alternative? It’s easy to criticize, but offering an alternative is more difficult. Do you care to try? I’m looking forward to hearing what you have in mind.

      • imleftcoast - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Bobby Orr or Wayne Gretzky. I wish the NHL Commissioner loved the game as much as he loves himself and $$$$. I’m tried of the high pressure tactics, and I’d rather see someone open and honest who cared a lot about the game.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        What’s the alternative to shootouts? Bettman has 30 bosses he reports to, and they are satisfied with his performance. You can’t look at the situation from only one perspective.

    • imleftcoast - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I’m more concerned about the alternative to Glendale and South Florida, and pretending Seattle and Quebec might get teams. Selling teams to guys under federal investigation would be something I’d like to find an alternative to. Pretending there is a dialogue on shootouts to avoid these issues is Bettman being the attorney.

  6. ryanprzy - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Seriously though, f*** shootouts.

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      That’s easy to say. What’s the alternative?

      • oldfatbaldguy - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:35 AM

        I hate everything about the regular-season overtime system they use now, and I’d much prefer ties to the shootout. But I’d hate it a lot less if they gave three points for a regulation win.

  7. areaman714 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    If they are staying. The NHL should go to the 3-2-1 scoring system. Two points for a shootout win is one point too much.

    • 7mantel - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Winner take all

  8. pfhockey - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    I think they should
    1. Get rid of the shootout
    2. Make OT 10 min
    3. OT loser gets no points
    4. Ties are given one point to each team.

  9. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:39 PM


    the alternative is to end regular season overtime and shootouts … in so doing, everything that happens in contemporary overtime will happen in regulation

    teams are simply playing for ties, then hoping to get into a condensed game involving fewer players … an unfair advantage for lesser teams with a lesser collection of players

    the reduced on-ice lineup in overtime and subsequent shootout has perverted the game of hockey

    if teams play to a tie in regulation, they’re only entitled to a point … why should they be rewarded otherwise

    • kaptaanamerica - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      The alternative is no shoot out or overtime. Just zero points for a tie.why should anyone get points for a tie…

      I like the 3 pts.for regulation wins, 2 for o/t wins, and 1 for shoot out wins. Nothing for losers.

  10. flyerspsu - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    If the “leaks” from earlier this year are true it will be caps vs flyers, hopefully they are

  11. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Shootout wins being worth as much as reg/OT wins is ridiculous.
    And the winter classic in Washington DC? Yeah, totally classic. Lots of outdoor hockey being played in DC. At least it will provide a national audience to watch the game’s greatest one way player coast into the defensive zone.

  12. Hard to BeLeaf - Apr 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I don’t mind the shootout, but I can’t stand the loser point.

    I hate how if a game is tied in the 3rd period, both teams will stop trying and coast into OT to make sure they get that bonus point. If you lose you should get nothing.

    The loser point I hate the most is the one when someone scores in OT. Even before the shootout, when ties were still a thing, if someone scored in OT, they won, you lost. You didn’t get a point for it.

    Also, I wish the shootout was 5-on-5 like it always was in hockey before. 3-on-3 shootouts are over before they start and they heavily favor teams with better individual talent. Should be more of a team thing.

    • tomcatfl - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:39 AM

      I used to think 3 for regulation win, 2 for OT/shootout win, 1 for OT/shootout loss, 0 for regulation loss. Now I’m leaning more towards 3 for regulation win, 2 for OT win, 1 for shootout win, 0 for loss. Or go back to allowing ties after OT, but 3 for the win, 1 for the tie.

      As long as it rewards pushing hard to get that one more goal instead of sitting back at the end of the game when the score is even.

  13. shannysux - Apr 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    I dislike the extra point more than shootouts. I kinda like the 4-on-4.

    One thing I do like about the shootout is that kids like them, and I like anything that helps the future popularity of the sport. My kid (13) watches all our teams games, and he’ll watch a few other big games/big names etc. But it doesn’t matter who the two teams are, if I say hey team X and Y are starting OT, he watches. He likes to see the openness of the 4-on-4 and loves watching shootouts.

  14. ndrick731 - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    As usual Gary Batman has his finger as far away from the pulse of the fans as possible. Totally clueless

  15. c9castine - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    capitals in the winter classic? this is getting old…

    how about a game in denver or minnesota, maybe even between those two teams. something besides recycling the same eastern teams and venues. and please no more games with beach volleyball going on…..

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