There have been few occasions over the last decade or so where Gary Bettman was the envy of the other major sports league's commissioners.
This is one of them.
League revenues are surging, players are being paid well and there is parity like we've rarely seen before.
But most importantly there are no Barry Bonds, Mike Vicks or Tim Donaghys.
Mr.Bettman doesn't have to decide if he wants to watch a record be broken by a rule breaker. He doesn't have to decide on whether a player indicted on ferderal charges should play in the upcoming season. And he doesn't have to deal with referees fixing games for gamblers.
The applause comes few and far between but here is one spot where Mr.Bettman deserves a hand.