Examining the Bettman

David Singer from the essential hockeyfights.com has a great-if-blasphemous piece on renaming the Gordie Howe Hat Trick (goal, assist, fight). Howe only accomplished the feat twice. So what should we call a goal, an assist, and a fight in one game? That’s easy. A Bettman. Bettman loves goals and doesn’t understand fights. Maybe, if he could see the two aren’t mutually exclusive, he’d be more open to returning grit to the game.

By the way, unofficially, it seems Jarome Iginla and Brendan Shanahan are the all-time leaders in Bettmans. I think Shanahan just added that to the resume he’s updating.

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Also, the Leafs are, once again, the NHL’s most valuable franchise. Last night the Leafs gave up five goals to the Devils, eventually winning in the shootout. Five goals to the Devils is like 20 goals to another NHL team, so maybe the Leafs can use some of that value to find some goaltending.