SUN Hockey Pool

Time for Bettman to bow out

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

Gary Bettman should announce that a deal has been done -- and then follow it up with one more announcement.

His own resignation.

In the best interests of the National Hockey League and its future, Bettman should leave now. His work is done. The collective bargaining agreement will be ratified by mid-week. A new landscape has been paved for hockey owners. The labour wars are over.

Now it's time to build and he is no builder. That much history has proven. Now it is new time for the NHL and it needs a fresh voice, a fresh face, someone to speak for the league, someone the jaded public can believe in, someone the players won't view as destructive, not someone associated with failure.

It won't happen, of course, because Bettman never has understood how badly he projects, how preachy he sounds, how little the public's trusts about him.

It won't happen -- but it should.

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