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12-10-2012, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by DL44 View Post
People often forget the context of these numbers...

Bettman inherited a completely open market where players had massive rights with very limited restriction to anything.
- Remember how big the ELC system was - considered a massive win in his first go around..
- Also It's pretty apparent if the the owners had the balls to follow through on a cancelled season in '94, the NHL's landscape could of been different... as would Bettman's perceived legacy. (assuming they were able to achieve the soft cap).

He's been battling an uphill fight to revoke some of the rights players have become accustomed to in an attempt even the playing field...
a battle which hopefully finally comes to conclusion in the coming week...

Consider the systems in place for owners just prior to Goodell, Stern, and Selig... compare to the NHL in 93.

But the easy default thing to do is always "OMG! BEttman evil!"
Originally Posted by DL44 View Post
Means nothing to me. Just a fun 'fact' to throw around without context as message board fodder.

The first one was against his recommendation.
The second - was imperfect... but at least managed to get a healthy system in place... but obviously imperfect.

So i'll give you - almost 1-ish.
This is excuses. When you are given a mess you clean up not make it bigger. The second CBA was an outright failure. So the next one will be as well. Track record.

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