Bettman downplays Capgeek-style site idea: ‘It’s not something driving fan interest’
Those hoping the National Hockey League would add or develop an online resource that would track salaries and contract information might be out of luck.
It would seem such an idea, especially in a league that includes a salary cap, which the Canadian dollar may impact if it drops low enough, and trade speculation and contracts pique conversation, would be in high demand.
But, according to commissioner Gary Bettman, there is not the fan interest for such a tool, like Capgeek.com, which was a valuable resource for fans and media but ceased operations in early January due to the health of its founder Matthew Wuest.
“We hear from the fans on a regular basis and we hear on lots and lots of issues,” Bettman said Tuesday, as per CSN New England.
“We’re not getting a lot of feedback on [a Capgeek-style site]. It’s not something that seems to be driving fan interest as much as perhaps the interest of the people [in the media] in this room, and your colleagues.”
“GM’s have access to information. The tools that we have for internal business use are different, but everything we do internally for business purposes doesn’t necessarily need to be made public and be the object of discussion.”
There are still websites that track salary information for NHL teams, such as spotrac.com.