Gary Bettman isn't the puppeteer, he's just a face for the greedy rich owners to throw out for lies and distortion. The NHL's plan to win total majority backing was destroyed this week after Bettman allowed his eight single minded owners to throw the Royalty of "The Great One" and "Super Mario" into a burning pit of greed. The problem in hockey is the uneducated media covering a business dispute and the missing links in this process is so glaring, it is so obvious both sides are "sleeping" with the media. You had Larry Brooks ripping into the league, forwarding the NHLPA's press releases during his daily columns or those buffoons in Boston thinking Jeremy Jacobs has been out of the mix during these negotiations. I was told this deal was done, the NHLPA told players and agents to be prepared for an announcement on Saturday, I was told teams were to be prepared to hold another press conference and what happened was greed got into the way by a long dirty laundry list of owners who want to break the union by holding out for a hard cap linkage system with the elimination of arbitration, major reductions in Qualifying Offers, forcing entry-level contracts to a base salary and minimal performance bonus. This week, not only did selfish unknowledgeable hockey players flush their money down the toilet but greedy impasse-oriented owners went for the throat by throwing the sport's two greatest players into the town square for public display of power over anyone who tried to get into their way. Fans whine that they deserve better, no Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky deserved much better.