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01-06-2013, 02:42 PM
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I think the theory that Bettman was under the thumb of a handful of rich owners was successfully squashed when one of those same owners mentioned came out against the lockout through unofficial channels. Besides, those very same owners had everything to gain to not having a cap - they were the reason for it in the first place.

He'll get the benefit of this season but I'll be very surprised if there's a next.

He had little control over the first strike - the owners did that with the their failure to see the game had changed with Alan Eagleson rightfully in jail. Did Bettman do a go job after the second contract reversing the trends caused by his first? The fact that there was another lockout shows the second contract he forced was a complete failure. The owners should be wondering why they gave him a raise.

A hatrick of work stoppages? Three strikes yer out!

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