Throughout this entire ordeal that is the NHL lockout, many players have taken the opportunity to voice their displeasure with the whole situation; but even more explicitly, their feeling towards the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. But of all the comments player comments (or insults rather) that have been against Bettman, perhaps the most poignant one has come from someone that has been known to be very softspoken, Red Wings Defenseman Ian White. It is clear that this period of time has affected everyone negatively; in the case of Ian While, he made it abudantly clear about his frustration with the whole situation, and his feelings towards Gary Bettman;
“I gotta be honest: I personally think he’s an idiot, “Since he’s come in, I think he’s done nothing but damage the game.”
Ian White then continued with the following; “If you think of all the moves he’s made,” White said, “teams that are all struggling seem to be the teams that he put in places where there’s not viable markets for hockey. Three work stoppages — I don’t know if he’s in control of the owners or what he’s saying, but I think it’s only seven of the owners that have to agree on something to have something pass. You’d think it’d be at least 50%. It just doesn’t seem like they’re running a democratic process, if you will.”
One can imagine after missing out on three paychecks so far this locked out season, even the most mild-mannered of players are likely to become temperamental. These comments made by White may set in motion a standard by which all disgruntled players may try to follow when voicing their displeasure towards Mr. Bettman.