Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay would like to see the players speak about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman with a little more respect.
"One thing that really has bothered me when I'm reading the paper on all of this is the way they're talking about 'that idiot Bettman', or any of the other stupid adjectives they've used to describe him," said Lindsay, 87. "They and the fans and the media need to realize that Bettman is doing his job and fulfilling his responsibility to the owners, just like (NHLPA executive director) Don (Fehr) is to the players. The players need to respect and understand that. Don't go bad-mouthing Bettman like that." The players have plenty of reasons to view Bettman as an adversary right now, given that he is - rightly or wrongly - the face of this lockout and the two that came before it. At the same time, the NHL has grown dramatically under Bettman's tenure and the players have gained greatly for it.