He notes though that Rangers owner James Dolan, who was on the NBA's negotiating committee during their lockout, is very quiet due to the big issues the Rangers and the league had in 2008.
The Rangers sued the league as they wanted to run their own website and the NHL wanted them to be uniform.
Dolan and the Rangers lost the suit, Bettman counter sued and threatened to take the team away before the two sides settled out of court.
It has been suggested that the Rangers, with their standing in the league, try and break ranks to broker a deal.
Dolan said at the Rangers dog walk that he wanted to play hockey.