10 Reasons the Future Is Bright for the NHL With or Without Gary Bettman

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10 Reasons the Future Is Bright for the NHL With or Without Gary Bettman
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These are much better times for Gary Bettman.

Nearly six weeks after the end of the lockout, the memories of those awful days in October, November and December are starting to fade.

The NHL is getting on with the business of hockey.

Bettman remains the commissioner of the sport and he apparently is going to stay on the job for the immediate future. He may have some battles on his hands, but he has apparently survived the lockout. Perhaps he's tired of the constant criticism and will decide to leave or the owners who supported him may change their opinions.

The sport of hockey is an ongoing business once again and the game should soon be in a position to thrive—whether Bettman remains commissioner or not.

Here are 10 reasons the sport has a bright future:

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