Gary Bettman Is Fired Because Of His Mismanagement...

Daniel ArouchianSenior Analyst INovember 24, 2008

That's what NHL fans want to hear. Unfortunately we’re stuck with him. Yet he got away a lot.

Decades old rivalries were destroyed because of him.

His Idea of an expansion is giving teams to cities where they never seen snow or ice.

Always finds a new way to fine a team. For example, a $10,000 fine if someone swings an octopus at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

What will it take to get rid of this guy? Are they waiting for him to ruin the sport to the point of no return?

Fans are not the only ones complaining. A few years ago Mario Lemieux said, "It's a garage league,” and Brett Hull took it a step further: “The game sucks. It's boring. I would never pay to watch this.”

He’s even criticized on how he handles criticism. He puts a positive spin on everything.

For example, low scoring games?

Bettman's response:

There's no magic about 8-1 games. The fact that 73 percent of the time games are played within one or two goals or tied tells you that there's a level of excitement and commitment. And I'm not sure who on the politically correct police ever said that the number of goals you score translate into how exciting the game is. I don't buy into that.

A few years ago, one of his “the game is fine” speeches drew a response from Allan Maki of the Toronto Globe and Mail.

“In other words, hockey is fine. Things are good. You see clouds and the perfect analogy, Bettman sees only what he wants to see. It’s always a wonderful life in Bettman’s world. Present population: one.”