Kris Versteeg of the Florida Panthers is the latest in a string of NHL players to denounce league leadership using some pretty intense language. Versteeg doesn’t bother tiptoeing around the issue or tempering what he said–he just comes on out and says that he feels commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are like cancerous tumors that need to be removed from the body that is the NHL.
In a radio interview (full audio available at that link) with a Toronto-based TSN station, Versteeg said:
“You’ve got to cut out the cancers and I think when you look at Bill Daly and Bettman, they’ve been polluting this game for far too long.” Versteeg figures the operation needs to be done for the benefit of the fans. “[They've] been left with too many bad tastes in their mouths for too many years, and I think when this is all said and done, it’ll be a good time to finally make that happen.”
This comes not long after Ian White of the Detroit Red Wings used strong language to describe his feelings about Bettman, being quoted as saying he personally feels the commissioner is “an idiot. Since he’s come in, I think he’s done nothing but damage the game.”