Gary Bettman not pleased with conspiracy talk
Dave Lozo of NHL.com has a lengthy interview with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman up, in which he speaks on ‘conspiracies’ that have invaded the talk around hockey and about a possible Winter Classic in Los Angeles.
“It was determined it was kicked in,” Bettman said of the ruling. When asked about the seven-minute review, he added, “When they do video replay, they want to make sure they get it right. It should take as long as it takes them to get it right. I’d rather that than say you’ve got a minute and 30 seconds and get it wrong.
“Let’s get something straight -- I have complete confidence in the integrity and professionalism and judgment of my hockey operations department. Period.
“I think this whole tact of innuendo and insinuation is both insulting and pure fantasy.”
While he’s certainly gushing in his praise of the Kings, he wasn’t so keen on the prospect of a Winter Classic being held in LA.
Could you put out a sheet of ice and make ice? The answer’s probably yes -- but would it be satisfactory for a competitive game, one that counts in the standings? I mean, we take two teams and put them outdoors but the points in that game matter. And when you look at the way our regular season ended, we have to make sure all of our games are played under as close to ideal conditions as possible.