The possibility of further action does not allow us to really address this question, but as for the courts, it is unfortunate that he was charged in the first place. The plea bargain as I understand it amounts to a sentence that he would of received had he gone through the process and lost the case for someone off the street. Added to that his name being put in every paper or TV news/sports report, I think that you have to side with his sentence being on the heavy side, so far.
But why should they wait so long to talk about it, after all it really shouldnt be that hard to reinstate him should it... why not just do it now and get it over with instead of this all going too late and falling around the same time as Buttman meets the board of directors for the NHL
The NHL has NEVER done that. Suspensions have always been based on the act & results not recovery time. However, there has never been a suspension this long before either. The McSorley thing was different because he was a bum skating into retirement & Bettman was happy enough just to get rid of him. Here we're talking about one of the NHLs top stars. Anyone know if he lost his Gatorade deal?
I dont think gatorade would have cared at the moment because there is no hockey, but im pretty sure as far as sponsors go the same will happen to bert as happened to Olympic God Michael Phelps (phelps lost a few of his sponsorship deals for DUI)