'Smart move' for Gary Bettman to take himself, Donald Fehr out NHL lockout talks

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman exits after speaking to the media before returning to negotiations...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman exits after speaking to the media before returning to negotiations with the NHLPA in New York, N.Y., Dec. 5, 2012. (BRENDAN McDERMID/Reuters)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:51 PM ET

Gary Bettman dodged a bullet.

He took himself out of the room and out of the line of fire.

The NHL commissioner has insisted he'll do anything to get the game back on the ice and that's why he made the move to step back from collective bargaining agreement talks with the NHL Players' Association.

As the two sides held another marathon negotiating session Wednesday in the Big Apple, Bettman sat down with the NHL's board of governors at the law offices of Proskauer Rose in Times Square. But there weren't any fires to put out.


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