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VIDEO: Bettman sets the record straight on NHL ownership tales


This is from last night's 2nd intermission coverage on Hockey Night in Canada and is drawing a lot of attention in the hockey twitterverse.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is challenged by HNIC's Ron MacLean on the number of franchises that he sees as struggling to find a buyer. MacLean is clearly a pro-southern Ontario kinda guy (and IMHO comes off as not real enthusiastic about sunbelt hockey to boot).

Bettman has "none of it" and challenges the basis (and the bias) of MacLean's statements, bringing up the Carolina Hurricanes situation (and Peter Karmanos' current search to replace his partner) among other teams whose status and values have been mis-construed in the [Canadian] press. Bettman even mentions Michael Ozanian (of Forbes.com who we all took issue with last week in this fanpost) as not presenting the facts accurately.

This link will take you to the video (less than 9 minutes).

UPDATED with embedded video


I know Bettman doesn't often draw many admirers, but in this video he is definitely on the side of Carolina hockey fans. Which gives the most staunch of Canadian hockey fans further reason to dislike him I suppose.

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