This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations.
The league itself may try to do something a little more concrete to prevent or least limit future issues, including what Bill Daly describes as “an additional educational program.”
Even so, Gary Bettman seems confident that most players conduct themselves properly. He also argues that the NHL is doing its part, too.
“… We’ve had a variety of programs in place, we’re constantly looking at what we can do to make sure that the programs are touching the right bases and are effective, but we focus on what we think is best for our players and our game,” Bettman said. “As I’ve said, overwhelmingly our players do the right things.”
It’s been a week of updates regarding legal situations for the likes of Slava Voynov, Patrick Kane, Ryan O'Reilly and Mike Richards, yet closure has been tough to come by. With proceedings getting postponed, these negative headlines continue to reverberate.
Going forward, the league can only do so much, but officials would indeed be wise to consider every avenue.
For more thoughts from Bettman, Crosby, Seguin and others on this subject, check out LeBrun’s full article.