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Gary Bettman's Decision Undermines Recent NHL Suspension Process


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Hunter Bowman
December 31, 2023  (2:25 PM)
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National Hockey League (NHL) commissioner Gary Bettman

Under Gary Bettman's leadership, the NHL has seen considerable growth, with team valuations hitting a new peak this season. Despite the progress, there have been noticeable inconsistencies. Today highlighted one such instance.

Before the NHL season kicked off, the hockey community was taken aback by the news of Ottawa Senators forward Shane Pinto being handed a 41-game suspension. The suspension was linked to a violation of the NHL's gambling policy, but the details remained undisclosed.
At the time of the suspension, Pinto wasn't under contract with the Senators, categorized as a restricted free agent holdout. With no deal in place, Pinto was in New York when the news broke. Today, Pinto was spotted back in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre.
His unexpected presence raised eyebrows, considering his current ineligibility and lack of a contract. Interim Head Coach Jacques Martin addressed the situation this morning.
«Shane Pinto is allowed back into the CTC, and his gear is back in his locker.
His return date is a few weeks from now.»

Despite not having a contract, the NHL permitted Pinto to serve his suspension, citing it as an off-ice, non-hockey-related situation. However, this creates a contradiction since Pinto is now back with the team 10 games earlier than expected. This grants him access to team meetings, facilities, and coaches, despite being suspended and without a contract.
This incident adds to the list of poorly managed situations that reflect negatively on Gary Bettman and the NHL.
Source: Bladeofsteel
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