Gary Bettman

Bettman: “I hope it’s clear that our intention is to make a deal”


Contrary to Zach Parise’s comments, Gary Bettman claims that the owners want to wrap up a new CBA.

Renaud P. Lavoie has the quote:

“I hope it’s clear that our intention is to make a deal,” Bettman said. “We hope it’s fair.”

Speaking of “fair,” Bettman also discussed the much-debated league revenue issue.

“You need to consider what’s fair because we run the league at 43 percent of the revenues,” Bettman said.

If you want more specifics, here is how Bettman described how players’ shares would be handled through the first three years:

Bettman said that salaries are likely to go up after that third season.

The money quote came when Bettman said that the league’s latest proposal “moved more money” than the NHLPA’s counter, as Travis Hughes collected.

“Our counter-proposal was more significant that the NHLPA proposal,” Bettman said. “The counter-proposal moved more money than the initial proposal made by the players’ association.”

Agent Allan Walsh provided this counter-argument, though:

Stay tuned as the debates about escrow and “hockey-related revenue” – among other things – continue.


NHLPA counter-offer probably won’t be ready Thursday

Parise’s pointed words for Bettman

Bettman calls proposal “significant, meaningful”

Meetings involve arguments about terminology

Sides debate escrow

Bettman says he wants to make a deal

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever

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Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…