Evidence of Competence or Incompetence; or is just not that simple?
I'm curious to know what the HFBoard opinion is about how the League has been and is being run, and the top people on both sides of the owner-player dealings that go on in the League. I'm not specifically focusing here on this current CBA negotiation process, but in all off-ice aspects of the NHL over, let's say, the last 10 years.
Certainly there's been evidence that the League has made some good moves; the increased revenues in the League being direct evidence of that. But has it all or even mostly been good? I think that one could also point to evidence of certain aspects of the sport which haven't been handled that well; two lockouts in 7 years being one; perhaps increased numbers of concussions being another; and the appearance of a number of very poorly managed teams/franchises being yet another.
Got the thread re-opened with a few links to related articles:
The majority of the comments or criticisms mentioned in those articles are directed at Bettman, which I guess should be expected and is typical. And as is almost always the case, the focus is on the negative, though that is again to be expected, I suppose, seeing that we are in the middle of another negative moment in NHL history. However, even if you are of the leaning that there is a fair bit of incompetence in the League, I'd still say that it's rather narrow-sighted to put the blame for everything on Bettman's shoulders. Afterall, it's not a daycare that he's in charge of. And there's still the players' side, which Bettman isn't really in control of.
Anyway, those are some opinions expressed in those articles, generally with a very narrow focus limited to the current lockout situation. So, what is your opinion, based on a longer range of how things have been going with the NHL from the recent past until today?
Give your vote, and comments, about just how well or poorly you think this League has been handled over the past decade or in more recent years.