During the lock out I happened to bump into a very well known Flames Defenseman (won't name names here) and after telling me about all the various locations he had visited during his time off (yeah so hard done by) he went off about what a weasel Bettman is.
The players have never had it so good as they do now, the guys that have gotten them there have all been fired and laid by the wayside. The truth is the players have no mind of their own and seem to be nothing more than sheep. When told that Paul Kelly was "too close" to Bettman and co. and didn't spend enough time with the players it led to a series of events that resulted in his firing.
We do not know all of the details yet but we do know a few things. Buzz Hargrove is involved. This is a guy who thinks Albertans lack morals because they live in a rich province. This is a guy who asked people to vote for the French Separatist party (the Bloc Quebecois) because he thought the Conservative party was too separatist...yes you read that right. He was head of the auto workers union of Canada and eventually irritated his membership there as well.
On the other hand the guy they fired, Paul Kelly, a respected Lawyer who had developed a relationship with his counterpart on the N.H.L. side. When the players were in the lock out weren't they the one's spouting off about this being a partnership? If they fired him just for that I hope they have a large reserve fund because Kelly is going to drain it!
There is word Lindros is involved as well, big surprise, he did not like Kelly and resigned over his appointment. Lindros is widely considered one of the biggest cry babies in N.H. L. history so excuse me if I don't faint in surprise. This was the guy who complained the Flyers did not diagnose his concussion and let him play... he took no responsibility or refused to play, just blamed them. He was the guy who refused to go where he was drafted and has created issues at every level he's ever been at.
So you get Buzz Hargrove and Eric Lindros... sounds like a winning combo to get the N.H.L. back into a lock out. The current CBA will not be renewed, the new leadership will want to show their fighting spirit...it doesn't matter the current CBA has been the most beneficial CBA the players have ever had.
Personally I think it would be hilarious if this new leadership comes in and ruins their relationship with the league, gets a worse CBA and also gets fired...it's what the sheep deserve. It would be really hilarious except for another season long interruption would make me very angry.