After Calgary Flames Coach/GM Daryl Sutter told the media there is a conspiracy to to get the Flames to lose the Stanley Cup, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at first denied it.
Then he said that, "yes, there is." This shocking quote came to us from a unidentified but trusted source at NHL HQ in New York City. Calls made to the office of the commish were not returned. But he did go as far as to say, that "the television ratings aren't going to be good. ABC (the American Broadcasting Company) hates us. We've tried to give them a New York Rangers vs. Los Angles Kings series, but we just can't. We'll try next year when NBC (the National Broadcasting Company) takes over to give them what they want.
At press time, we have not been able to get a quote from Flames Coach/GM, Daryl Sutter. Wayne Gretzky made headlines during the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics when he said that it was "us (Canada) against the world". Jarone Iginla, captain for the Flames hasn't commented on the latest development but said earlier in the day he has no problem being the underdogs in the series. Bettman does.
Could this have been some mind games on the part of the great one? Could this quote from Coach/GM Sutter been an attempt to try and rally up the troops? If so, it didn't work out well as he accidentally uncovered a secret plan. But the Calgary Flames did win against the Tampa Bay Lightning in overtime, 3-2. The Flames take a 3-2 lead in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.
From just inside the party-city of Calgary, Alberta
this is C. Elwood Bastien reporting.