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Gary Bettman on the verge of being replaced? He has possibly lost control


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Elias Adaime
July 8, 2024  (12:43)
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Is Commissioner Gary Bettman losing control of the National Hockey League?

This topic was discussed by Jean Perron, a former head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, on the show La Poche Bleue.
Clearly, Bettman's management style does not impress him at all.

Jean Perron believes Gary Bettman has lost control of the NHL

He cites a few examples, such as the infamous Linus Ullmark trade, announced 15 minutes before the most important game of the last 20 years in the Stanley Cup Final.
It was a real middle finger to Bettman, and proof that many executives in his own league no longer respect him much.
He also mentions the poor Arizona Coyotes and their move to Utah, in particular:
"I feel like Bettman is losing control of the National League. Never before have we announced major trades like we did this year. I'm talking about the big trade that happened before Game 7 between the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins.

We would never have moved teams like the Coyotes to Utah either. Before, it was always the Stanley Cup that concerned us, and there were no big trades.

Bettman should have put his foot down, because everyone knew that Connor McDavid was going to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, so he should have made sure he went to get that trophy. If he didn't do his job, the National League looks very bad in this."

- Jean Perron, and a transcription by Keven Mawn

See the video in question:
Another good point raised in his article is that teams have absolutely no respect for some of the rules imposed by Gary Bettman.
We can notably think of last July 1st, when about 60 signings were announced at noon sharp, whereas technically, teams are not even allowed to negotiate with players before noon.
Clearly, all teams are bypassing this Bettman rule.
And you, do you believe that Gary Bettman is losing control of the NHL? If so, it is obvious that a new voice might be needed for the position of NHL commissioner.
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