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Departure of Gary Bettman: he has lost control and it's significant


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David St-Jean
July 8, 2024  (11:02)
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Many journalists, analysts, fans, and members of the NHL have been calling for the departure of Gary Bettman, but he remains in position after 30 years.

His tenure as commissioner is the longest in professional sports history, but it's time for a change, and according to Jean Perron, Bettman has completely lost control.
He doesn't even have the respect of the team owners anymore, and it's evident. A major trade was announced just minutes before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, signings are announced at 12:00 PM on July 1st despite teams theoretically not being allowed to start negotiating with players until that hour, and there are numerous other signs.
"I feel like Bettman is losing control of the National Hockey League. We never used to announce big trades like we did this year. I'm talking about the big trade that happened before Game 7 between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins.

We would never have moved teams like the Coyotes to Utah either. Before, the Stanley Cup was always our priority and there were no big trades.

Bettman should have put his foot down because everyone knew that Connor McDavid was going to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, so he should have made sure he got that trophy. If he didn't do his job, the NHL looks very bad in this situation."

- Jean Perron, and a transcription by Keven Mawn

We can also add the very concerning way some teams circumvent the salary cap to gain an advantage in the playoffs. Several recent Stanley Cup winners have far exceeded the cap during the playoffs, and it doesn't always seem entirely legitimate.
There is currently no control in the NHL. The conductor is no longer in charge of the situation.
Within a week, there was the Stanley Cup Final, the individual awards ceremony, the draft, and the opening of the free-agent market. How can this glaring lack of vision be explained?
Bettman must go, and the pressure is mounting for him. The NHL's collective bargaining agreement expires in 2026, and many believe Bettman won't be around by then. It would certainly be beneficial for the NHL.
Source: Gonordiques.com
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