Bettman: Tortorella’s Penguins Comments Just Noise

Over at, Commissioner Gary Bettman responds to John Tortorella’s recent comments regarding the whining of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as well as the “arrogance” of the Penguins organization…

“The level of passion, emotion and gamesmanship can never be overestimated,” Bettman said. “I think people who follow the game closely understand it’s just noise. My guess is, Sidney Crosby is still the most popular player and has legions of fans in all ages in multiple countries. The fact that somebody might take a potshot, I guess, is the price of greatness.”

…hey Gary, if it was just noise why did you feel the need to fine him $30,000?

Larry Brooks at the New York Post has more on Bettman’s love affair with the Penguins here.

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