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#1 Slegr

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:10 PM

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I find it interesting how on the eve of the lock-out deadline, Donald Fehr was surrounded by an army of players, while it was just Gary Bettman by himself on TV, acting as the face of ownership.

But let's not fool ourselves. Gary Bettman is just the figure head for owners. They pay him big bucks to say what they don't want to say to the public. He is boo'd by every single team's fans in the NHL, yet his job security is bullet proof because the owners love him. He is truly their puppet.

When Gary Bettman was standing alone, announcing the NHL has locked out its players, he might as well have been holding hands with our own Francesco Aquilini. Our owner is one of 30 who is offering the players a raw deal. Aquilini is more at fault for this lockout than Bettman because Bettman is just following the demands of owners.

Canucks fans tend to talk so favourably about Aquilini, because he has opened the purse strings and allowed this organization to compete at the cap limit for several years. He has invested in unique strategies and created a healthy, winning environment for players and fans.

But he is still an owner, and an influential power in an unnecessary lock-out. So, as a reminder, don't hate Bettman, even though he is so easy to hate. He's just the messenger. It's time we recognized who the real culprits are, and keep them accountable.

Edited by Slegr, 20 September 2012 - 10:11 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:15 PM

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Speak favourably about him? I hate the bastard. Little known fact : He financially supports Chirstie Clark and her Liberal party of retards.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:17 PM

I had this same discussion today at work.
Everyone bashes Bettman, but he is just the talking head, and agent for the owners.

He really has very little power.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:27 PM

He's the perfect messenger though. Just his face makes me want to beat him with a hammer for an hour. The owners picked their lapdog very well.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:28 PM

Hating on Bettman does feel great though...

But i do agree, he is just a messenger and can't take all the blame.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:31 PM

Really? The owner of the Canucks is one of the owners on the other side from the players? That's why there's a lockout? Golly gee...
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:36 PM

Really? The owner of the Canucks is one of the owners on the other side from the players? That's why there's a lockout? Golly gee...


Sadly, I'm afraid it's not as obvious to everyone, because you'll never see any reporting with "lock-out" and "Aquilini" in the same story, only "Bettman" and "lock-out".
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:38 PM

Speak favourably about him? I hate the bastard. Little known fact : He financially supports Chirstie Clark and her Liberal party of retards.


So? It's pretty common to have private funding in politics, and supporting Liberal is in Aquilini's best interests. I dislike him because he's underhanded.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:38 PM

Consider that all the owners might *not* be on board with a lockout. How would this proceed behind closed doors?
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:39 PM

He should buy an NBA team and bring it van...
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:49 PM

Actually, it was the NHL and Bettman who proposed the lockout, the owners just voted on it.

Not trying to defend Aquilini in any regards, I think he's a money hungry pr*ck, but justifying Bettman by blaming the owners is incorrect.

EDIT: Because if the owners say no to a lockout, and the NHL locks them out anyways, then they're dealing with pissed off owners and pissed off players

Edited by MaximYapierre, 20 September 2012 - 10:49 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:54 PM

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Speak favourably about him? I hate the bastard. Little known fact : He financially supports Chirstie Clark and her Liberal party of retards.

You are absolutely right about Christie Clark and her bunch of idiots!! Unfortunately they're still far better than the alternatives!!
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:14 PM

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First of all, the ownership group acts as a collective. They vote on matters and the majority rules. We have no way of knowing whether or not Aquilini voted for or against the lockout. Given that Vancouver has one of the highest annual revenues, combined with a history of Aquilini dishing out money hand and foot to create a winning environment, it's not far fetched to infer that he may actually have voted against a lockout, ie: the lockout will cost him substantial revenue that he would earn if the hockey season went forward.

Secondly, Gary Bettman is the commisioner of the NHL. He is the figurehead of the entire league. The success of the NHL is (or at least should be) his primary objective. To me, that indicates that his interests would be with both owners and players, as both groups are instrumental in the future success of professional hockey. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me as though Gary Bettman should not be picking sides. He should be a non-partisan individual, an adjudicator over negotiations if he has any involvement at all. Gary Bettman should not be siding with the ownership group if in fact his interests are the future success and growth of the league, as he is ostracizing the players that make this league possible. The ownership group should be handling negotiations without the participation or interference of the NHL brass.

That's how I see, at least.

Edited by Vaeneir, 20 September 2012 - 11:15 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:17 PM

Must I remind you fools that this is a Canuck board that is OWNED by Aquillini?

Take your anger out to another forum. I would have you banned and lock this stupid thread.

Also if you don't like how the owners and Bettman are running things then move on elsewhere because they are the bosses who cut the cheques and have every right to call how they run their businesses

Edited by grandmaster, 20 September 2012 - 11:22 PM.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:20 PM

Him and his family made their money through being slum-lords. Don't have any respect for him or the others.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:20 PM

Bettman only needs like 8/30 teams to do anything.

Nashville, TB, Florida, Columbus, Phoenix, Anaheim, Colorado... that's 7 have-not teams already.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:32 PM

Bettman only needs like 8/30 teams to do anything.

Nashville, TB, Florida, Columbus, Phoenix, Anaheim, Colorado... that's 7 have-not teams already.


sooooo he needs 8/23 teams then.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:38 PM

Stupid thread, thank goodness we aren't owned by that Yankee McCaw (I hate the Orca) who by the way sold off the Grizz.
I'm grateful a Canuck fan bought the team, we've never been better under the new ownership and his hired management.

Tell me when the Canucks were ever this good for such a long time?
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:41 PM

Speak favourably about him? I hate the bastard. Little known fact : He financially supports Chirstie Clark and her Liberal party of retards.


And you're such a brainiac you can't even correctly spell the name of the premier of our province.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:44 PM

Actually, it was the NHL and Bettman who proposed the lockout, the owners just voted on it.

Not trying to defend Aquilini in any regards, I think he's a money hungry pr*ck, but justifying Bettman by blaming the owners is incorrect.

EDIT: Because if the owners say no to a lockout, and the NHL locks them out anyways, then they're dealing with pissed off owners and pissed off players


Who exactly do you think the "NHL" is, if not the owners? Idiot.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 11:48 PM

Must I remind you fools that this is a Canuck board that is OWNED by Aquillini?

Take your anger out to another forum. I would have you banned and lock this stupid thread.

Also if you don't like how the owners and Bettman are running things then move on elsewhere because they are the bosses who cut the cheques and have every right to call how they run their businesses


you think they sit here and read what were posting? they've got better things to do.. like make millions.. while we sit here post on a freaking forum..

nice try though
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:49 AM

How about we hate no one and try to show our support so this whole thing can be over asap. I just want to watch hockey, I care not for who I'm supposed to point the finger of blame. :rolleyes: Everybody is getting the raw end of the deal here, the sooner they all realize the sooner they can all work together to work out a deal to the benefit of all and so they can keep us the fans happy. (Those who helped to make the NHL what it is today, with our love of the sport)

EDIT: Cheers to hoping we can see some hockey this come December, at the very least. <_<

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:49 AM

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Speak favourably about him? I hate the bastard. Little known fact : He financially supports Chirstie Clark and her Liberal party of retards.

Lol do you really have to bring your own political opinion into a topic that has NOTHING to do with politics? Jeez.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:50 AM

You are absolutely right about Christie Clark and her bunch of idiots!! Unfortunately they're still far better than the alternatives!!


Yeah all 11 that are left
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:01 AM

Must I remind you fools that this is a Canuck board that is OWNED by Aquillini?

Take your anger out to another forum. I would have you banned and lock this stupid thread.

Also if you don't like how the owners and Bettman are running things then move on elsewhere because they are the bosses who cut the cheques and have every right to call how they run their businesses


Sure,plenty of other hockey fan boards the Aquilini's don't own that we can participate in.So,let him take his little board and you and he can go home.
Personally,I would love to have you banned for being such a condescending yes man.
The players make the league.Without the talent the billionaires move on to their next gig.
The players remain the stars and I would love them to all go to Europe this year and just forget these owners and their pathetic state of governing themselves by locking their fans and employees out of jobs and entertainment enjoyment.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:02 AM

And you're such a brainiac you can't even correctly spell the name of the premier of our province.



Well smarty pants her name is actually Christina and is simply called Christie/Christy for short. The public and the media have used both on several occasions and let's be honest, this is a trivial and insignificant thing for you to dwell on. Cry me a river. The point I was looking to make still got across.

I'm guessing you're just butthurt because I made a little jab at the party you vote for? Deal with it baby.

Edited by Magikal, 21 September 2012 - 02:02 AM.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:04 AM

Lol do you really have to bring your own political opinion into a topic that has NOTHING to do with politics? Jeez.


Yup. Whatcha gonna do about it?

Edited by Magikal, 21 September 2012 - 02:08 AM.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:13 AM

Kids..Kids..settle down. How do we even know Aquaman voted in favor of a lockout? Wouldn't he want to be making a profit right now with this winning team? We have the most expensive tickets (aside from TO) and we are one of the rich teams that makes a lot of profit, so why would he vote for a lockout that would hurt business and profit?

We blame Buttman because he is the commissioner and he should be the mediator between owners and players, and not be a damn lapdog for the owners.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:16 AM

Dunno why you single out Aquilini but if you want to look into his personal rep I suggest you search.."Aquilini slum lord"
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 02:19 AM

Yes 23 of 30 owners should be grateful for the opportunity to spend $150 million. lose money, just so that they can have the wonderful privaledge to provide us with our entertainment.

They shouldn't want to make money those greedy losers, what the heck is their problem.
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