The NHL is going to need a big push in the next couple of years to attract more people to the sport.
The league has been on the cusp of a major change in its leadership since the departure of former President of Hockey Operations Mike Gillis and CEO Gary Bettman.
Gillis, a former New York Islanders and Arizona Coyotes player, took over as president in January.
With Bettman’s departure and Gillis stepping down from the NHL in February, Bettman had a difficult decision to make.
Bettman was a man who enjoyed winning, and was known to be an accomplished player himself.
The commissioner and his team were known for a number of wins, including two Stanley Cups and the 2009 championship.
Bettman would go on to become the first and only NHL player to win three Cups in a row.
A big reason for Gillis decision was that Bettman was under scrutiny in regards to the league’s financial practices.
Bettmans leadership in the league has led to a number changes over the years.
The NHL has been a business for many years, and the league is one of the most profitable in the NHL.
The owners of the teams in the National Hockey League have earned a lot of money from ticket sales and other revenues.
But the league needs a big boost in revenues to help pay for the big TV contracts that are expected to be announced this summer.
In his interview with The Hockey Writers, Gillis acknowledged that the NHL is still trying to come to grips with the financial realities that it is going through.
He said that he was confident that his decision to step down was the right one.
“The NHL needs a change,” Gillis said.
“I think we need a leadership change.
I think we have to be able to talk about these things and I think it is in the best interests of all of us that we get to that point where we can talk about it.”
“There are still things that need to be done and we are not there yet.
We have to figure it out.
We have to talk it out.”
Barry Trotz, the commissioner of the Nashville Predators, was one of those who had the same sentiment.
“[Gillis] has been one of my best friends and my partners in crime,” Trotz said.
But Trotz also acknowledged that it took time for the commissioner to understand how to take the sport forward.
I think it was just the right time, for the right reason,” Trots statement read.
Gillys statement to the media is also interesting because it is a statement that was very direct in stating the reasons he felt the time was right to step aside.
It reads: “As we enter a new era of transition, it is imperative that I be able, by my own personal choice, to lead this organization and its members in the direction of growth and success.
I will not be in the chair anymore.
I know that some of you are disappointed in me, and I am sorry for that.
I have had many, many great relationships over the last five years.
I wish I could be a part of that legacy for many more years to come.”
With Gillis departure, the Nashville area has become the home to the Predators.
Trotz and the Predators, which have been the Predators for the last few seasons, will look to the next leader in the organization.
This is a tough time for all involved.
The Predators, who were once the NHL Central Division rivals to the Pittsburgh Penguins, are looking to a new leader for their organization.
They have a talented team, but a lot is still to come.
More to come on this story.