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12-21-2012, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by htpwn View Post
No and perhaps I was unclear in getting my point across again.

I did not mean to imply Canadian teams have no say or have been silenced by their American counterparts, though that is certainly how my previous post comes across. It was a poor example in an attempt to illustrate that American teams, particularly the likes of Boston (as you mentioned), along with an American commissioner often are the ones driving the agenda. Canadian teams, by contrast, seem to just be along for the ride.
Not saying that the Canadian teams want or wanted to give their voice to US team owners, if even hypothetically that would be the case. However, it is possible nevertheless that the Canadian team owners, at the time of Bettman's hiring, were also in favor of the idea of Bettman and that he was US-born. They may have felt, and may still feel, that the US was and is important to the future of the NHL. Just because some Canadian fans don't have that perspective doesn't mean that it doesn't exist among the Canadian owners in the NHL.

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