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Recent incidents will force Bettman to make some tough calls

Updated: August 22, 2007, 12:58 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

In the coming days and weeks, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is going to be asked to make difficult decisions on two prickly issues, decisions whose ramifications may reverberate around the league for years.

Both decisions involve how to deal with men who have run afoul of the law. Both will require Bettman to balance the desire for good public relations with what is right and just, and possibly even compassionate.

First, there is the issue of what to do with disgraced ...

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