Son of Liberty
I found this to be pretty damn interesting actually. The fans are finally to a boiling point with Mr. Bettman. And when you have someone this powerful staring you down... I dont think Bettman has much of a choice but to start making some moves.
How do you guys feel about this? The full letter in my opinion was well written. I'd like to see some actual action happen here. I just hope if 2010 does roll around we dont end up hurting the league more than it needs to be. And if Bettman does retire... I hope his successor isnt a "Family Friendly" wannabe either.In the summer of 1979, I was devastated to hear that Dryden – out of the red, white and blue – was retiring to pursue his legal career. He had just won his fourth straight Vezina trophy and fourth consecutive Stanley Cup with the Habs when he suddenly called it quits. It was so bewildering that, arguably, the best goalie in the NHL was retiring while still at the pinnacle of his game. Years later, I came to realize that Dryden was simply calling his own shots and I came to respect him for that courageous move. He left while still on top.
The time has come for you to retire as the commissioner of the NHL while you carry some respect.
There is a noticeable, growing groundswell developing among fans who want a new commissioner of their sport. As we both know, fans are the most important stakeholder in the NHL with the quietest voice. (You know my feelings about your track record when it comes to fan relations, but there’s no need to revive that dead horse today.)
If you truly care about the NHL, you would seize the moment and exit gracefully before the next round of CBA negotiations starts heating up. And what better time to usher in a new leader of the league than when the NHL Players’ Association is undergoing a governance review and is leaderless for the next few months? There’s no risk to the league when the NHL’s nemesis – the NHLPA – is in organizational turmoil.
I ask that you resign before January 1, 2010. If you are still in office in the new year, I will organize the 30,000 members of NHL Fans’ Association to encourage the NHL governors to replace you as commissioner. We feel that a new commissioner would be the best thing for the NHL.
I hope we are not facing off in the new year. Gary, timing is everything and it’s time for you to borrow a chapter from Ken Dryden and walk away from the game gracefully.
The Hockey News: Jim Boone's Blog: Jim Boone?s Blog: An open letter to Gary Bettman