He writes that while most owners don’t want the work stoppage to last the whole season, Gary Bettman has more than enough support right now.
Friedman does write that there are some owners who are “dead set” against Bettman and that “one of them has a name that rhymes with James Dolan.”
He adds “Dolan may be supremely annoyed, but the NHL constitution makes it very clear that if Bettman doesn’t support a deal, 75 per cent of owners must vote against him.”
Dolan and the NHL had an issue in 2008 when the Rangers wanted to operate their own website and sued the league.
At the Rangers Dog Walk, Dolan said “The only thing I can say is that I want us to play hockey.”
Back on January 17th, Dolan spoke about the Rangers after a win over Nashville and said “I am particularly proud of Mr. Sather. Back in 2004 when things weren’t going so well and we had a lot of free agents in here we decided to basically re-do the strategy. Glen and I made a pact and I gave him something and said that you can’t give it back until we win the Stanley Cup….and I think we are pretty close to me getting that thing back.”