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Poll: New Commissioner (54 member(s) have cast votes)

Who should be commissioner

  1. Don Cherry (20 votes [37.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 37.04%

  2. Wayne Gretzky (34 votes [62.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 62.96%

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#1 VanNuck

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:07 PM

In lieu of the coming lockout, it has become clear that Gary Bettman has become the most incompetent commissioner of any professional sporting league. In the overall picture, he has been a failure on many levels.

In 1993, he had been hired with the following mandate: selling the game in the U.S. market, end labor unrest, complete expansion plans, and modernize the views of the "old-guard" within the ownership ranks. Well, he has gone and done so, but the results were a complete bust.

The U.S. hasn't bought - NHL still places a distant fourth in revenue among the four major professional leagues. Last year, American teams have a net loss of $47.9 million in total. Only six American franchises have posted net profits, and even then, four of them have single-digit profit margins, and owe much of it to Canadian viewership on the road.

Canadian teams, by contrast, have netted $169 million in profits.

The expansion plan has only hurt the league. For one, he's expanded into busted markets in the Sun Belt, one of the key reasons for the profit losses. Two, expansion has watered down the talent of the NHL. The league has to accept lesser talent to fill the large number of roster spots, and hence, the better players don't have people to fully ascenuate them. And meanwhile, teams like Columbus, Phoenix, and until recently Florida, well they are left to languish at the bottom of the league, taking up only space.

But the motherload of all his problems: the labour dispute. Never before had any professional league been shut down three times, and conincidentally, this has happened over a span of 19 years, under one commissioner. Bettman has shown himself to be a terrible negotiator who cannot get a deal resolved with the NHLPA, nor does he even care to save the game.

After this third lockout, I say the camel's back has been broken. Bettman's time is over, and I have two candidates in mind to replace him.

Don Cherry is an ideal candidate. He's practical and down to earth, and he understands the true nature of the game of hockey. More importantly, he cares about the game more than any other fan and he won't try and change the game with ridiculous rules that take the fun out of it.

To back it all up, he's a very strong personality who will deal with the guff with players and owners alike. He'll tell both sides to get things in order, and when one side steps out of line, he will take action, but that won't include shutting down an entire season.

Cherry man not be a salesman or finance guy like Bettman, but sometimes, having money people in the job doesn't work. Was Microsoft better under Ballmer than it was under Gates? I didn't think so. But Cherry does understand enough about profits to know why the league is floundering, and he will take action to curb it.

Only drawback is Cherry's rough, polarizing persona, not receptive in America. Nonetheless, a commissioner needs to get tough so that's forgivable.

The other candidate is Wayne Gretzky. A very different personality from Cherry, Gretzky still nonetheless cares more about hockey than any hockey fan or player, and understands the game better than anyone in history. He too is practical and down to earth.

What he lacks in assertiveness (at least compared to Cherry), he makes up for in universal respect from the entire hockey world. But Gretzky too can be assertive when it's called for, and combined with this respect, he can negotiate with players and owners to keep the show rolling.

He hasn't been able to sell the sport to Phoenix as a coach, but he at least has a very attractive and respectable image, and unlike Cherry, he at least has some business experience. And he knows how to work the little things, like what will work and what won't (like hockey in Phoenix). I'm sure he can also do better than Bettman with securing the contract.

So yeah, here are my two top choices. What will it be, Commissioner's Corner on HNIC? Or Number 99? Or how about someone else, like Ron McLean?

Edited by VanNuck, 17 September 2012 - 07:08 PM.

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#2 Datsyukian Dangle

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:09 PM

Cherry.....he doesn't have patience for bs in hockey and would be the perfect commish.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:20 PM

Don Cherry would ban all Europeans from the leauge.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:22 PM

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Where is the 'neither' option?
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:23 PM

These are both awful options though.
Like very awful.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:24 PM

I nominate Bobby Orr. He knows hockey and is extremely down to earth - if you don't know what I'm talking about, just check out some of his interviews.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:24 PM

If we're suggesting bad ideas, how about?

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:26 PM

If we're suggesting bad ideas, how about?

Mike Milbury


Alan Eagleson
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:27 PM

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How about a monkey or a paper clip?

Edited by Armada, 17 September 2012 - 07:27 PM.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:28 PM

How about a monkey or a paper clip?


I like the sound of Commisioner Monkey.

It should be Jack, the chimp from those MVP movies.

Edited by Jagermeister, 17 September 2012 - 07:30 PM.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:34 PM

Acquillini.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:51 PM

If we're suggesting bad ideas, how about?

Mike Milbury



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Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:55 PM

Orr would be ideal .. or even Ken Dryden ..
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:02 PM

Pierre Mcguire

or

Brian Scalabrine. good bang for a buck. Made 3 million a year but contract is up and he's retiring from Nba. (got 0.7 ppg.)

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:07 PM

How about CDC because apparently we know everything.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:10 PM

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Yeah. Because the NHL isn't against the Canucks enough already.
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Buddy I called this EXACT situtation on here two years ago and was flamed, so I guess I have a bit of hockey knowledge, not to mention the 4 years I played in the OHL idiot.


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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:17 PM

Orr would be ideal .. or even Ken Dryden ..


Actually, yes. Ken Dryden would be great. He's an educated man (Read his book, "The Game") and he has tons of experience.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:51 PM

Definitely not Don Cherry. A polarizing, controversial figurehead isn't what NHL ownership needs or wants. While the commish needs to grow the game, s/he also needs to sell a deal to the NHLPA - Cherry can't sell anything without it being a controversy.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:10 PM

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the NHL already had enough image problems...
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:17 PM

The Commisioner works for the owners
It is the board of Governors who hires the commisioner and they approved the lock out
Why on Earth, would they ever hire Player friendlly people?
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:18 PM

Oh are we throwing out terrible ideas?

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:47 PM

When he retires, Marty St. Louis should look into becoming commissioner one day. He seems like the perfect guy for a place in the NHL's upper echelon.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:48 PM

Maybe a Canadian team will actually win the Cup.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:55 PM

How about a monkey or a paper clip?

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:03 PM

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Or a zombie!
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:08 PM

Cherry is friggin old.
Gretzky isn't a business man.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:11 PM

In lieu of the coming lockout, it has become clear that Gary Bettman has become the most incompetent commissioner of any professional sporting league. In the overall picture, he has been a failure on many levels.

In 1993, he had been hired with the following mandate: selling the game in the U.S. market, end labor unrest, complete expansion plans, and modernize the views of the "old-guard" within the ownership ranks. Well, he has gone and done so, but the results were a complete bust.


So let me get this straight... you say that Bettman accomplished exactly what he was hired to do, but the results didn't work out as intended, and that makes him incompetent?

Doesn't that really make the owners who hired him to do those tasks the incompetent ones?

Don't get me wrong, I'm no fan of Bettman, but as far as I can tell, he has likely exceeded all of the owners expectations. Revenues are higher than they have ever been and he got the NHLPA to cave on the salary cap. It's the owners and their GMs that went and found loopholes and drove salaries up (and expenses) faster than planned.

Having said that though, I do think it is time for a change. I just don't think that either Gretzky or Cherry would be the right candidate. The league needs someone who knows how to run huge, complicated businesses, not a goal-scorer or a dinosaur.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:23 PM

Linden would make a great commish.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:33 PM

I think the man "who refused to bleed" Aki Berg makes a better commissioner than any of the people mentioned.
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Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:47 PM

I vote for Mike Keenan, he's sure to fix the league...
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