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Martin St. Louis Has Some Choice Words for NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

October 26th, 2012 at 4:46 PM
By Kyle Alexander Abney

As the NHL/NHLPA labor discussions drag on without foreseeable resolution, some players have stepped forward to publicly criticize the tactics and motives of NHL commisionner Gary Bettman.

The league recently canceled the schedule of games through November 30 and withdrew their most recent CBA offer, which was closest to the expected 50-50 HRR (hockey-related revenue) split both sides seem to be working towards.

That offer was contingent on the season beginning on November 2 in order for a full 82-game schedule to still be fulfilled.

With this latest offer withdrawn, an 82-game schedule becomes a logistical impossibility. Instead, all parties involved can now hope for a shortened season at best, similar to last year's NBA season which also was shortened by a lockout.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis is a legendary player, a future Hall of Famer, Stanley Cup Winner, a 4-time NHL All-Star, a Lester B. Pearson, Art Ross, and Hart Memorial Trophy winner. He also has two Lady Byng trophies and is considered by his peers to be a consummate gentleman on the ice.

Which makes his most recent comments towards Bettman all the more surprising.

Via Josh Rimer from NHL Home Ice:



St. Louis, 37, has an obvious reason to be especially upset by the current lockout. While he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down just yet, his career is certainly not in its youth. He doesn't have time for this bickering and posturing. He wants to play hockey.

Unfortunately for St. Louis and NHL fans everywhere, the 2012-2013 season is looking less likely to start late and more and more like it won't happen at all.

Tags: CBA, Gary Bettman, Hockey, Lockout, Martin St. Louis, NHL, Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Lightning

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