In case any of you out there did not e-mail Gary Bettman at his e-mail address that obviously goes to some intern and definitely NOT to Gary Bettman, this is the auto response I received to the e-mail I sent early last week. The text of my letter was identical to the "Open Letter" I posted here at The Chronicle.
Thank you for your e-mail. Commissioner Bettman sends his appreciation for
your interest in the NHL and your passion for the Thrashers.
As a League, we take all franchise matters very seriously because we
understand the emotional and financial investments you make in the game and
in our franchises. We make all reasonable and best efforts to maintain
franchises in their current locations, and we have approached the
Thrashers' situation no differently from that of any other franchise. We
have been working with the Thrashers' ownership for some time in quest of a
solution to their issues, and we continue to work with them because of its
importance to us and to you.
Again, we value your support of the Thrashers and the NHL. Thank you so
much for taking the time to write.
National Hockey League Public Relations
Doesn't that just warm your heart?