Originally Posted by |Zach|
My knowledge of the NHL and the history of this process and relationship is very minimal but I sat down and watched that out of curiosity.
Bettman is pretty much universally disliked and there are probably good reasons for that but as someone ignorant to his past dealings he comes off as very sincere and its hard not to side with his perspective here.
He's kind of like Obama, or any politician for that matter... he's pretty good at talking the talk, but the history paints a completely different picture. He's currently dealing with his 3rd lockout in his 20 year tenure, and possibly his second cancelled season in 8 years. His strategy completely failed and has left the players insulted and unwilling to work with him, and not even a mediator could help them. I'd be pissed, too.
I'm no teedubya when it comes to conspiracy theories, and this is 5 years old, but it's still my all-time favorite article on Bettman, just to give you a little more insight...