Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gary Bettman chimes in

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman chimed in Wednesday night with his take on the Auger / Burrows saga, and the fallout.

As the Vancouver Sun reports, Bettman believes the infamous game on January 11th was well-officiated.

"That interference call (on Burrows) down in the faceoff circle, if a goal is scored on that play Nashville has a real problem. They weren't outrageous calls and I reject the notion there was any bias in the officiating in that game."

When asked about the level of quality or diligence in the investigation into Burrows' accusations, Bettman offered the following;

"I don't think this goes to the quality of the investigation," Bettman said. "I'm comfortable with that. I think there are people who are passionate about the Canucks, they are passionate about the players they root for and they are just not happy with the result. I'm sorry about that, but I am comfortable that Colie (executive vice president Colin Campbell) did his job."

"You have to be very careful about what you do with unsubstantiated and uncorroborated information," Bettman added.

This shouldn't surprise anyone given the way Gary Bettman runs the show. I bet 'Colie' did his job. He swept this under the rug rather than investigate it fairly. What are the odds that when asked to investigate itself, the NHL found no corruption? Shocking.

If there's any salvation for those who feel justice was not served here, rest assured that Auger will likely never officiate in Vancouver again (I'd like to ask Bettman that question), and that Auger's reputation is in the toilet.

To steal a Conan O'Brien joke regarding NBC: Auger is probably upset at that news, but the toilet is furious!


  1. Bettman thinks that was a legit penalty call? There would be a penalty every 30 seconds if you called the game that way.

    Does this guy not know why he gets his ass booed out of the arena everytime at the draft or when he presents the cup?

  2. I think Bettman has his head up his ass on that one... I guess he has to protect the league's (his) decision... but... he always has his head up his ass.

    Can't wait for the Bettman era to be over