The biggest way Bettman destroyed the NHL is with all the expansion to crappy markets. I mean, who wants to watch hockey in the middle of the desert in Arizona? But they need a team more than Winnipeg? And how does Florida get 2 teams??? The Minnesota Wild were a very good move because there is actually a market for hockey in Minnesota, unlike al these places down south.
Ya know, Cajun, I read the article and watched the clip...and I don't get that from Roenick. In fact, I agreed with most of what he said. I think his lash out was directed at the people who wrote the Players off as spoiled without bothering to really dig into what was going on.
Personally, I blame Gary Bettman (The Commissioner of the NHL for those non-Hockey fans out there). He took a product that was on the rise (Hockey), and in 12 years managed to kill it.
Does Hockey need a salary cap? Yep.
Were the Players over paid? Yep.
Were the Owners being screwed? Yep.
But where was Bettman FOUR YEARS AGO when the last CBA came up for negotiation??? He was telling the NHLPA, "Oh, we'll just extend this one."
BETTMAN created the problems. BETTMAN keeps trying to change the game to appeal to little old ladies in retirement homes. BETTMAN didn't make the right changes when they needed to be made, then whined about it for over TWO YEARS.
Not that Bob Gudenow is any better (Head of the NHLPA). He needs to be severly beaten as well.
For non-Hockey fans out there, imagine Red *chokes on camel dongs* McCombs being cloned twice, and you get an idea of the quality of leadership in the NHL and NHLPA.
So, do I blame Roenick for being ticked? Nope. It wasn't the players or the owners creating the problems...it was the idiots in charge of both.