On Monday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in Game 6 to clinch the Stanley Cup. As I watched the final seconds tick off the clock, I had a couple of things go through my head. First, I wondered about how long it will be before the Detroit Red Wings bring the Cup back to Hockeytown, and second, I remembered back to when the Wings were a dynasty in the NHL, winning four Stanley Cups in the span of a decade.
According to former 97.1 The Ticket host Terry Foster, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman did not seem to like the idea of the Red Wings becoming a dynasty.
From Terry Foster:
The one constant was Commissioner Gary Bettman handing the Cup to the team captain. Every Cup celebration reminds me of 1998 Finals when the Detroit Red Wings swept the Washington Capitals to win their second straight championship.
I ran into Bettman under the stands at MCI Arena in Washington moments before he took the ice to present the Cup to captain Steve Yzerman. He was chatty enough saying how this was great for Detroit, great for the Ilitch family and a great moment.
Then I ruined the moment by asking Bettman what it would mean to the league if this were the beginning of a Red Wings dynasty. I swear the man looked at me as if I had gas. That was the moment I began thinking Detroit was not his favorite franchise.
Foster went on to say that he cannot help to believe that Bettman had a hand in the Red Wings falling to the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, despite being the worst team in the league by a wide margin.
So I become a little suspicious when the Wings grinded through one of the most dismal years in NHL history and get the number four pick in the draft. It is probably wrong to say this but I believed that Bettman fellow was some how behind it.
Nation, do you agree that Gary Bettman is out to get the Detroit Red Wings?