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Ask Gary Bettman ... On Frozen Poll: Helsinki Edition

Bettman Good afternoon and greetings from sunny Sunrise (where the sun meets the ice).

The Panthers are in good spirits these days, what with Tuesday's mega-comeback against Toronto followed by a 5-0 pasting of Carolina on Tobacco Road.

The Panthers play host to the Rangers tonight, one of the teams Florida is chasing in the Eastern Conference. A regulation win, and Florida is one point back of the Rangers and the Flyers. That's pretty unreal.

(On a side note, The Jerk is on HBO Comedy right now. Awesome. Naven Johnson is one of my heroes. True story. Says something about me, too.)

Anyway, the Commish is in town tonight. Yep, Gary Bettman is here and is going to meet with the media before joining season ticket holders. For those of you who can't make it, feel free to offer up some questions you would like me to ask. Just leave your question under this post as a comment. Keep it clean, and keep it relevant. The NHL Commish doesn't care about the Heat trade nor whether or not the Marlins will be getting a new ballpark.

Feel free to ask questions about Steve Martin's early comedy work though.

-- Today's On Frozen Poll has to do with the Panthers agreeing to play Chicago in Helsinki, Finland next season. Do you think it's a good idea? Is the exposure worth the week of travel and having to recover from that upon return? Will you miss seeing the Blackhawks in SoFla next season? Your answers, next!


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Ask him if there's any chance diving can become an automatic double minor or even a major next season. As of right now, there's no reason not to embellish a legitimate infraction.

George, I only like the Helsinki thing if the Herald sends you first class for a whole 2 weeks.

Shawn, that is a terrific idea....

Hey GR, how about asking Mr.Bettman about overtime and if they plan on changing it soon. How about a ten minute OT then a shootout?

Sometimes I watch the "NHL Live" on the NHL Network. Through that I heard that Gary Bettman does a radio show on XM. Any chance that that his radio show would also be simulcast on the NHL Network?

I would be curious to know if there is any consideration of making a win in regulation worth 3 points. The current point system seems faulty since some games are worth 2 points (reg. win) and others are worth 3 points (OT/SO win)

lmao, way to know what your talking about blackpanthers

Actually I do know what I'm talking about. An OT/SO win is worth 3 points. The winning team gets 2 points and the losing team gets 1 point. Last time I checked 1+2=3


1) Fans are missing games because not everyone gets Versus and not everyone wants Versus! Are there any future contracts worked out with ESPN or other more accessible TV networks?

2) Fighting should not be prohibited. Get rid of the instigator rule.

3) How about allowing Florida to play in a future Winter Classic game?

4) How about another NHL All-Star game at the BAC? We had alot of fun last time!

5) Are "retired" players counted against the cap? If so, change it so they don't count against the cap.

6) It seems like wealthier teams like Detroit and Philly are always precariously close to exceeding the cap but they (including NJ) find some lame loophole. Please fill in the gaps to make it more easier to enforce and penalize.

7) Increase Overtime to 7 or 10 minutes.

8) Prohibit Jay Bowmeester from leaving our team.

How profitable is our franchise? Is that with or without revenue from concessions, cable TV, or other events held at the Big Billboard?

Why doesn't the league allow Yormark to place ads on the players faces? Peltonen desperately needs a dentist to advertise on his jersey, Weiss needs an ophthmalogist to advertise on his uniform, and Nathan needs a psychiatrist to advertise on his helmet!

Maybe ask Bettman what he thought of New Yankee Stadium, and if there's been any progress deciding on next year's Winter Classic.

And ask him if he's accepting applications. I'd love to work for the NHL!

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