Batman is listening | Montreal Magazine

Minister Eric Gerrard’s meeting with Gary Bateman is not surprising.

The two men had agreed to continue discussions that began a few months ago to enhance the exchange of information. It is in the Commissioner’s interest to find solutions to Plan B. He will be said to go against the current in the Arizona Coyotes file, but there is a reason why he absolutely wants to keep professional hockey in Arizona.

  • Some argue that US broadcasters are asking the big market in that case to appear on the game schedule.
  • Others believe the commissioner knows full well that he can always, in the event of a setback in Arizona, turn to Texas, where the cities of Houston and Austin already have all the infrastructure to host a franchise from the National League.

On the surface, the issue of wolves raises many questions. We constantly ask ourselves the question: Why this stubbornness? Why do you continue to stay in Arizona? There are more requirements for American television.

but what ?

The commissioner really needs a strong case to convince the 31 other owners that it’s important for the league to have a team that represents Arizona.

Buttman certainly indicated to the owners that if the franchise became a cause for concern for the league, then he would know how to adjust the shot.

out of courtesy?

Did he meet the “Minister of Nordic countries” out of courtesy? I doubt. He also informed Mr. Gerrard that the NHL had no plans to expand executives and that there was no prospect of transferring the franchise.

Except he left the door open…because he always makes sure he has a backup plan if some teams find themselves in somewhat sensitive circumstances.

In this respect, does the position of senators in Ottawa warrant Bateman to be very cautious? Maybe.

After Eugene Melnik’s death, the team is now owned by my deceased daughter. And while the commissioner says governors have no concerns about the day-to-day operations of senators, it is best to develop a business model to handle any eventuality.

Minister Gerard certainly discussed the intentions of the CAQ government. His role is to convince Bettman that Quebec City has all the resources to get back into the professional hockey fold.

postponed project

A few years ago, when the Vegas Golden Knights joined, you could have entered Quebec. However, the project was postponed due to economic conditions and the devaluation of the Canadian dollar. The entry price also decreased from $500 million in US currency to $650 million.

Batman will never reveal his game, and anyone who knows him well will tell you that he is a formidable negotiator. He didn’t hesitate to shut down the company for a season because he wanted a salary cap. He thought Donald Fehr, who rocked the Major League Baseball owners, would have done the same to the National League owners. He drew a blank in front of the prankster Bateman. No wonder hockey is growing by leaps and bounds in terms of sponsorships and annual revenue.

Minister Girard, at his first meeting, outlined the plan prepared by the provincial government. I may have taken the opportunity, yesterday, to take up some important topics.

  • Was the commissioner informed of the identity of the entrepreneurs who were to express interest in the franchise?
  • Did he provide more details about the influence that the government intends to play in this file?

Earning Bettman’s trust is a difficult task.

Did we manage to do that?

Probably.

But Batman will always be in a strong position. He can pass anything to the owners. He knows how to pull strings.

However, Minister Gerard did what he had to do.

Some would say that with the elections approaching, this is an interesting strategy. Without a doubt. On the other hand, as long as Batman is listening, you never know what might happen.

Match and pass the towel

The beauty of playoffs is that you can give up nine goals, you can win by four or five goals, but when the game is over, you erase everything.

In a couple of days, it will be a new challenge.

Mike Smith was terrible on Wednesday night. The Oilers also received a warning. Flames represent a formidable opponent.

But this series will provide some twists and turns.

Take, for example, the Rangers. Everything was swimming in oil. They were headed for a 1-0 win, in the Hurricanes stronghold. Can they recover from losing 2-1 overtime?

why not ?

Igor Shesterkin was a genius so hope Rangers.

After all, they still have, in principle, six more games to play. It’s the same case with Conor McDavid and Oilers.

The playoffs are a one night stand story. a point. We’re no longer talking about 82 marathon games. It’s also an opportunity for supportive players to get down to earth and perform brilliantly, surprising everyone.

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