Bettman steers NHL to 'seismic' change

Updated: December 6, 2011, 1:45 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Whether or not you hate the new four-conference format adopted by the NHL -- and trust us, there are teams that do silently hate it -- you have to pause and admire commissioner Gary Bettman and his ability to steer the unwieldy ship that is the league.

Heading into Monday's meeting of the league's board of governors, there appeared to be significant resistance to the new four-conference plan, especially from Eastern Conference teams who, by and large, preferred ...

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