NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will hold his annual press conference this week, and it’s expected to be packed with news about the upcoming season.
Bettman is scheduled to speak at the American Hockey League’s annual meeting in Buffalo, and the league is scheduled for its annual meeting at the same time in Chicago.
On Thursday, the NHL announced that it will hold its own press conference on Feb 11 in New York City.
Bettman also confirmed that he will meet with players and staff from both teams, along with members of the union’s national executive committee.
“I think we’re all on the same page in the direction of making sure that we have the most professional, transparent and transparent season possible,” Bettman told reporters in Buffalo on Thursday.
“We’re going to have a lot of meetings, so we’ll have to be on the road the whole time, but I think we’ll be able to have them all in a very timely fashion.”
The Bettman era is beginning to feel like a second career, as Bettman has been reluctant to publicly commit to the next phase of his time in the NHL.
He has previously stated that he wants to be an ambassador for the game, and said he would prefer to stay in his current role until he leaves the league in 2022.
However, it seems like the Bettman family has been keeping the door open for Bettman to step down, despite the fact that he has never been able to make a decision.
Bettland has been a vocal critic of the way the NHL is running the game in recent years, especially during the lockout.
In the wake of the lockout, he publicly stated his desire to keep the NHL open, even if it means putting players’ rights on the line.
While Bettman’s statements and actions have often been a thorn in the side of the NHLPA, he has remained an outspoken voice on the issue, and has frequently spoken out against the league’s approach.
The NHL has a history of holding off on making decisions on key issues for the time being, and with the 2017-18 season set to be the last in the Bettmans’ tenure, Bettman said he had no intention of holding a vote until next week.
After the NHL and NHLPA announced that they would meet in the fall, Bettmann has stated that his next meeting will be on March 9.
As part of the pre-draft process, Bettmans top assistant on drafting will also be working the meeting, and Bettman did say that he had spoken with players who would be attending the meetings.
On Wednesday, the league announced that the Commissioner will meet on March 8 with the players union and the players, with the commissioner hoping to see players participating in a “major discussion” about the future of the game.
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