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Originally Posted by LadyStanley View Post
So Helen St James, member of the HHOF writers wing, is a bad source?

I do believe the (verbal) promise was made.

However, "times have changed" and that promise might be broken.
No, not saying that. I'm just saying that's it's not necessarily a concrete statement or absolutely true. Plenty of good reporters have been wrong, or only partially right, before, and this could be an example of that. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if the Wings honestly thought that they promised realignment to the east and the league honestly thought that they only promised consideration. Wouldn't be the first time one or both sides misremembered a conversation.

Also, it bears repeating.... the Wings ownership should've been smart enough to know that a "promise" isn't binding unless there's a contractual obligation behind it. Or that Bettman could promise everything in the world, it doesn't matter if enough owners don't agree to go along with it.

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