Last night my old man, brother, and myself were out at a restaurant having a couple of beers and started talking about league commissioners. Bud Selig is a dirtbag, David Stern an ass, and we all agreed that Gary Bettman is just dumb. (Surprisingly Roger Goodell did not come up.) So we started talking about who would make a great NHL Commissioner, because, as my dad put it: "I don't know how the hell Bettman got that job."
So my my pops and brother both agreed, and actually it seems smart too, if anything just for a short term, that Don Cherry would make the best Commissioner right now. He's flamboyant and passionate, he's controversial and demands attention, and he's the sharpest dresser I have ever seen. But that is what hockey needs to get the attention of the nation at this time, and I agree, Cherry would pull some attention to the league and the game.
Cherry also was a career lifer in the minors, but he wasn't a bad player at all. And as a coach and GM he wasn't too shabby either, re-sparking the interest in the Colorado Rockies when he coached there. Of course the whole Ice Dogs, I won't play European players thing was bad, but still just a minor footnote to an otherwise surprising and positive career.
Other people I thought of: Donald Fehr, the guy who the PA want to become Executive Director and came over as a consultant from the MLBPA. Granted he may not know a lot about hockey, and depending on whether or not he takes this job as the ED of the NHLPA and how he does, he may just be the brains and discipline the league needs as well.
Another idea, but this is really impossible: I think Herb Brooks would have been a great Commissioner. Old time hockey mindset, loves the game, you can't go wrong with that.
What do you guys think? Who would be your picks for NHL Commissioner? What kind of argument would you use to back it up after a few beers?
*Disclaimer* It's a slow time for hockey now, and there is only so much you can talk about future possible additions to your team and why it would work or not. This is simply an attempt to entertain and distract.