ACtually no, the team was fined because it left (was it Ottawa or Toronto) between 2 playoff games to go home - which is against the rules. Bettman fined the team - IIRC.
MIserable performance as commisioner...yea like higher ratings, more money, OLympics/NHL, and a growing league. Winter Classic, HBO....I think he's doing a decent job all things considered.
I dont want to get into an evaluate Gary Betteman's tenure right now. But just the things you listed like higher ratings (they couldnt have gotten any worse than Gary had gotten them), winter classic (not Gary's idea...he piggeybacked off the heritage classic and cold war games), HBO (again not his idea or doing), Olympics (he actually prefers NOT to have NHLers in the games if i recall correctly. Even if thats true, how on earth does he take credit for the Olympics?), are all mostly independent of his influence. He does get credit for screwing the Devils over many times. And if he has to put up with a 'you suck' then boohoo. Cry me a river.
Edited by devlman, 05 January 2011 - 01:30 PM.