Discussion in 'The Business of Hockey' started by richardn, Feb 18, 2005.
Who would make the best Commisioner in the NHL?
The owners may say Gary Bettman if he gets a 45M Cap tomorrow!!! My personal favorite would be Lou Lamerillo...respected, tough, fair, has passion for the game!
If it was somebody that the PA wouldn't dare take shots at like Gretz and that all the players looked up to, I have a feeling we'd already had our first month of hockey.
Mark "the man" Messier
He takes no crap and would do the Stuck in the Middle dance number on a bloody Bob Goodenow if this ever happened again.
I'm 100% for him, with Christopher Walkin a VERY close second.
Lou Lamoriello by a mile.
Damn that was pretty funny wasn't it :lol :lol
Clarke, Gainey, or Lamoriello.
Well, you know Don Cherry is out because they can't go and change the name to Western Hemisphere Hockey League.
If this means replacing Bettman soon, then I don't think that should happen. He stuck to his guns, and called the players bluff by cancelling the season. He has brought a cap, and saved the season (granted, it looks like two great ones may have a huge hand in this one). For now, Bettman deserves to stay.
At some point in the future, Lamoriello would make a good commish, I agree. I also think that Wayne Gretzkey or even Lemieux could do it, if not just on being themselves. Maybe they could tag-team it, and let Lamoriello do all of the behind the scenes work.
I don't want Lamoriello to be the NHL Commissioner. I want him to remain as the GM of the New Jersey Devils. Badly.
But among these choices...he'd probably be the best option.
Though, personally, I wouldn't be surprised if the next commissioner is a guy who has been in the background of the NHL for awhile who is now going into a public role.
I am a Ranger fan, and as much as I hate to admit it, Lamoriello would make a great commissioner. He is respected by the players and owners and he has a great knowledge of and love for the game.
I dont think this should be a position where a former hockey player who doesn't have many credentials other than that he just played hockey. That being said Im suprised Sidney Crosby isnt getting more recognition, wasnt he one of the 50 most influential people in hockey?. The commisioner should have some kind of solid background in business or law in my eyes. In my view Gretz gets way too much credit as some kind of a hockey god, and think he'd be way over his head as Commish
Dryden for his passion for the game and his people skills
Burke for his knowledge of how the business world works, creativity when it comes to thinking about deals, able to put his foot down when needed, and doesn't degrade himself to unrational comments
Gretzky is the greatest ambassador to the game, but i can't see him taking a hard stance
Daly seems like a good down to earth guy who is an optimist and it seems if it were up to him he'd be negotiating 24/7 and none of this have 1 meeting and go to your corners for 2 weeks and have 1 more meeting
Gretzky or Burke. Now that I think about more I'd rather have Burke because Burke knows the business side more than Gretzky does.
I've got to go with Daly, I've liked him throughout the lockout, and I think his knowledge far surpasses his position. I'd like to see him get the NHL job should Bettman get what's coming to him, as well as I'd like to see Saskin get the PA job. Honestly, although they disagree, it seems clear they disagree based on their sides viewpoint, and not solely on their hatred for each other.
Burke knows zip about business which was why Dave Cobb was given control over virtually all the financial aspects of the Canucks operations.
Although Burke was President in name he had no line authority over Cobb who reported directly to Stan McCammon just as Burke did.
Where is the Scotty Bowman option?
Too old? Maybe...
Would he want the job? Who knows...
He'd be my choice. I like Brian Burke the most among those listed.
Burke. He knows the facts and gets down to the niddy gritty
He knows how the game should be played!
Oh my god, Burke??? This windbag is the biggest whiner I've seen. As the Canucks GM, he would not shut up after each playoff game complaining about EVERYTHING. I'd rather keep Bettman instead.
How about Bobby Orr? He has been in the business post-playing career, has an unblemished reputation and fantastic charisma.
Saskins? Have you heard the radio blurb with him and Fishler? Saskins would be terrible for the PA job. Goodenow and Saskins will be shown the door imo.