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Vokoun: 'Everyone except for Gary Bettman' suffers - 09-17-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

New Penguins goaltender Tomas Vokoun (right) had some less than kind words to say about NHL commissioner Gary Bettman today.

George Richards of the Miami Herald caught up with Vokoun who was practicing with some of his former Panthers teammates in Coral Springs, Fla. today. To say the least, Vokoun didn't mince words.

"To me, it was obvious how hard it was going to be to get a deal done. With the way Gary Bettman has handled every negotiation, this is no surprise to me. There is a race for public opinion on who is right and who is wrong, but the NHL grew revenue by 40 percent in seven years. There isn't a company anywhere, not even Socialist countries, who would ask their employees to take a pay cut after that. It makes no sense. They run this league. This is their business. .-.-. We all suffer from this. The players, fans and owners. Everyone except for Gary Bettman.''

Vokoun joined the Penguins via a trade with the Capitals this offseason and signed a two-year contract with them.

(Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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