It as nothing to do with Bettman imo. Gary is wise, he would like it. The southern teams isnt even his vision, its Mr Hicks vision(Dallas Stars owner). I know the medias have been quick to demonize Bettman, particularly in Quebec City, but with time I understood what was really going on.
Bob McCoun on Prime Time Sport was mentioning the structure of how it works in the NHL these days and how is Gary controling the league and the owners. It was pretty fascinating. He said Gary's dream would be to have only league with only American teams. It won't happen but he believes that if it was the case, the NHL would work better.