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Red Wings D White calls Bettman 'an idiot'

TSN.ca Staff

11/16/2012 11:14:36 PM

With talks between the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association pretty much ground to a halt, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Ian White shared his frustration with the media and took aim at Commissioner Gary Bettman.

According to the Detroit News, White was upset with Bettman's suggestion that the two sides take a two week break in talks.

"I personally think he's an idiot," White said Friday after members of the Red Wings finished a workout. "Since he's come in, he's done nothing but damaged the game.

"The moves he's made, teams that are struggling seem to be ones he put in places where there's not viable markets for hockey."

White also questioned the power that Bettman has been given from the owners.

"Three lockouts. I don't know if he's in control of the owners or what he's saying," White said to the Free Press.  "Eight of the owners have to agree to have something passed - you'd think it would be at least 50 per cent. It just doesn't seem like they're running a democratic process, if you will."

The NHL has already cancelled games through December 1.