Bettman on the hot seat

JIM HUNT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:36 AM ET

Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderful world of fun and games.

ADVANTAGE GOODENOW

There's little doubt Bob Goodenow outsmarted Gary Bettman in last week's negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement. The players, who have been the bad guys during the lockout, suddenly looked like the ones who could save the season. Whether it will pay off with a new deal remains to be seen.

If the owners reject the offer, and there are indications they might, then we know who to blame for wiping out the season and the Stanley Cup -- John Ziegler. When Ziegler was NHL president, he once said that the owners want the players' association to protect them from each other. That is still the case.

The owners don't trust each other and based on past performances there is good reason not to. They could and should live within the deal offered by the players. If they turn it down, it proves that they really don't trust each other.

LONDON COVERAGE

One big plus from the lockout is that the media has discovered there's hockey outside the NHL. You better believe if the NHL season was in full swing the London Knights of the OHL wouldn't have received the coverage that they have during their 31-game unbeaten streak. Newspapers have sent their NHL writers to cover what has turned out to be the best story of the season.

JAYS GET CANUCK

Corey Koskie is not Larry Walker or even a reasonable facsimile. But he should help the Jays with his bat. Being a Canadian is a plus. The signing means Eric Hinske will be moved to first base, but that should help the team since Koskie is a much better third baseman. The Jays still have to get a pitcher. Until they do, I'm afraid Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi will have struck out once again.

WHAT A DIFFERENCE

Carlos Delgado showed a lot of class in the way he left the Jays. Sure he left for more money, but he handled his departure well. What a difference from the way Vince Carter is behaving. Carter is also going but he is acting like like a spoiled kid. Too bad he couldn't take a few lessons from Delgado on the way to behave.

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS

Tiger Woods sure isn't in it for the money. Tiger won his own tournament, the Target World Challenge on Sunday. He collected $1.25 US million which he donated to his charitable foundation ... One of the stranger stories to come out of the baseball meetings was the Boston Red Sox signing of David Wells. Somehow Boomer doesn't seem like a good fit, especially away from the mound ... Guess who's sniffing around about putting a major league team in Las Vegas? Jeffrey Loria is talking about moving his Florida Marlins to Vegas. The way he behaved when he had the Montreal Expos, no one should be surprised. Once a carpetbagger, always a carpetbagger.


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