The Instigator: How Gary Bettman Remade the NHL and Changed the Game Forever is an interesting history of the business side of the league leading up to and during Bettman's tenure. It's worth reading, but would be enjoyed most by readers with a keen interest in the off-ice affairs of the league and its teams.
2012-13 NHL lockout
Jason Spezza has reportedly signed on with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss National League for the duration of the lockout. He's the third Ottawa Senators player to sign a contract overseas for the lockout.