Commissioner Gary Bettman Meets With Media Following Day Two Of Board Of Governor’s Meetings

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met with the media following day two of the NHL’s board of governor’s (BOG) meetings held at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Bettman covered a wide range of topics on Tuesday.

SALARY CAP

Bettman said the NHL is now projecting a $70m remaining escrow balance at the end of the season, which would result in the salary cap rising just $1 million this summer to $83.5 million. He was not willing to say now whether a negotiation with #NHLPA for larger increase is possible.

Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported in September that NHL teams had been given some guidance on where the cap could be going over the next few seasons, with projections of it rising to $83.5 million in 2023-24, between $87.5 million and $88 million in 2024-25, and approximately $92 million by 2025-26.

SALE OF OTTAWA SENATORS

Bettman said more than a dozen potential bidders have signed a non-disclosure agreement to view the Senators’ books as part of the sale process. Bettman and Bill Daly recently met with actor Ryan Reynolds to discuss his interest in being part of the next Senators’ ownership group.

Reynolds, who is co-owner of Welsh soccer club Wrexham AFC, publicly expressed his interest in becoming part of a Senators ownership group during an appearance on The Tonight Show.

“Yes, that is true,” said Reynolds, who owns Wrexham with fellow actor Rob McElhenney. “I am trying to do that. It’s very expensive. I need a partner with really deep pockets.”

Los Angeles-based magazine Sportico valued the Senators at $655 million in October.

HOCKEY CANADA INVESTIGATION 

Bettman said Tuesday the league’s investigation into an alleged sexual assault after a Hockey Canada Foundation golf and gala event in 2018 is in the “home stretch.”

Bettman noted, however, that there is still final work to be done.

EXPANDED PLAYOFFS

Bettman continues to have no interest in adding a play-in/wild-card round to the Stanley Cup playoffs: “You’re looking to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.”

DIGITAL DASHER BOARDS

Bettman said “The polling we do with our fans gives us the feedback that it’s a non-issue,” Bettman said. “In fact, many think it looks better than having the numerous logos and ads on the dasher boards. It’s working extraordinarily well, particularly for the complexity that’s involved in doing it.”

Bettman said those who find the digital ads distracting are focusing too much on the ads and not enough on the game.

“If what you’re doing is just watching the dashboards — which I guess if you’re reporting on it, you might do — then it may be a distraction. If you’re watching the game, it’s not a distraction.”

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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5 Responses to Commissioner Gary Bettman Meets With Media Following Day Two Of Board Of Governor’s Meetings

  1. Anonymous says:

    Bettman still lives by the theory that if he speaks it fans will believe it’s true.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “Our polling data indicates” is code for we love the extra money.

  3. Kevin eaton says:

    Those virtual ads are very annoying!

  4. jbsets says:

    Fans love the dasher ads is such BS. If they were static it would be fine, but they’re distracting. I haven’t seen anyone say a positive thing about them other than Bettman. They have a contract AND he likes money. So to him, there is no issue. He doesn’t see his job as pleasing the fans. It’s about pleasing the advertisers.

    • novafyre says:

      Agreed. But it appears that Caps dasher ads are more animated and distracting than others. They need to modify the rules — no animation, ads change over on stoppage of play, ads just blink on.

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