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Former New York Rangers GM calls out the NHL for rampant tampering


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Tom Banks
July 6, 2024  (3:12 PM)
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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Photo credit: Sports Illustrated

Tampering has become a major talking point in the NHL, but according to one former GM, it's not going to stop anytime soon.

The first rush of moves in free agency has come and gone for the NHL, and while it was a thrilling time for fans, one thing has become obvious; the NHL has a major tampering problem. That becomes obvious when you look at the amount of deals that were signed as soon as free agency began, but it's not being called out because almost everyone in the league participates and finds loopholes.
Now, former New York Rangers GM Neil Smith has called out the league for allowing it, explaining that simply everyone around the league participates.
"I was out at the NHL draft in Las Vegas, talked to a lot of hockey people, and they tell me that the tampering with the upcoming free agents is just rampant in the league. There's ways to get around the tampering rules by talking to the agents through a third party or whatever you want to do.

The problem... there isn't a whistleblower in the league because everybody is doing it.
On one hand, it's a major issue that needs to be fixed, as there is easy ways for teams to gain an advantage, but until someone within the league calls it out, there's no pressure on Gary Bettman to make any changes. Ultimately, until it sees some teams gain major advantages rather than being an even playing field for everyone, nothing will get done about it, but perhaps with Smith calling it out, there may be some action taken.

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