The Final, the NHL's showcase event, began Wednesday with the Kings hosting the
In discussing the league's robust state, Bettman made an unmistakable reference to the labor dispute and league-imposed
"In fact by almost any measure, this may have been the most successful season on and off the ice in league history," Bettman said. "There has been a lot written, discussed and debated about the road we took to get to this point, where we are today, but I'm always one who likes to look forward.
"Our objective always was and is to make a great game even greater, to give our fans the best sports experience and entertainment possible and the best possibilities to connect with our game."
Bettman, a former
"Whether or not that means franchises in the NBA or any other sport are proportionately impacted, I'm not so sure to the dollar," Bettman said, "but if the Clippers are worth $2 billion, we have plenty of franchises that are worth that, if not more."
Bettman touched on a number of subjects, including the NHL's involvement in future international tournaments. He said no substantive discussions have taken place regarding NHL players' participation in the