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Gary Bettman weighs in on Olympics, brackets and replay
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke with the Associated Press Sports Editors in New York on Thursday morning. Here are some highlights, via Sun-Times sports editor Chris De Luca (@ChrisDeLuca on Twitter).
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called his league’s involvement in the Olympics a “mixed bag” and pointed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs as a measuring stick to how much the 17-day break affects different teams.
“When we focus on Olympic participation, we don’t say it’s all bad or all good. It’s a mixed bag,” Bettman said while meeting with Associated Press sports editors in New York. “Our NHL teams contribute in different ways.
“For example, the Blackhawks had 10 players in the Olympics and some teams had two. So when you come back from the Olympics, some teams are more tired than others. That’s why it’s a mixed bag.”
Added deputy commissioner Bill Daly: “Historically, we know teams that send a lot of players have a drop off.”
Gary Bettman defending #NHL bracket challenge: "It has been about the Cup for well over 100 years and it's still all about the best trophy."
— Chris De Luca (@ChrisDeLuca) April 24, 2014
NHL fans seem to either love or hate the league’s new playoff format built around an NCAA-style bracket. Bettman defended the bracket’s media blitz.
“We are making people aware that there has been a change,” Bettman said. “This has been about fan engagements. It has been about the Cup for well over 100 years and it’s still all about the best trophy that there has ever been.”
Bettman admitted the NHL has been discussing expanding replay, but has no firm changes yet.
“With a game that’s nonstop action, it’s complicated,” Bettman said. “We have been looking to see if there are discrete, concrete ways to add replay without adding more problems than we are solving. We are looking at it, we will do it if we can do it well. That is a work in progress.
“We don’t want to officiate the game off the ice. Saying a call was wrong, MIGHT be something we could do. For example, if it’s clear somebody was definitely offsides and it directly led to a goal.”